Restrictions remain at local health services

Visitors to hospitals or health services should check in advance to make sure they know the rules at that time and follow the directions of staff.
Visitors to hospitals or health services should check in advance to make sure they know the rules at that time and follow the directions of staff.

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and reviewing hospital visitor rules to help ensure the safety of patients, staff other visitors.

WNSWLHD Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley said visitors to hospitals or health services should check in advance to make sure they know the rules at that time and follow the directions of staff.

"We understand it is frustrating but visits by school-aged or young visitors are not encouraged due to difficulty in supervising and ensuring social distancing. If your child does not need medical attention it is advised not to bring them to the hospital. Check with your health service if you are unsure.

"Visitors may not enter if they have; returned from overseas in the last 14 days, returned from Victoria in the last 14 day or have been in contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days," Ms Stanley said.

"Currently, patients who are admitted to hospital - other than women in maternity care - are able to have multiple visitors each day but no more than two people at any time.

"For a mother who is giving birth, two visitors are allowed including the patient's partner. The two visitors must be the same persons over the course of the mother's stay," Ms Stanley said.

"The safety or our staff, patients and visitors is our priority and all visitors and staff must pass all applicable screening processes in place including temperature checking at all entrances to the facility. Please be patient with the staff, this is to ensure your, patients, staff and other visitor's safety. To protect aged care residents, visitors must show evidence of 2020 influenza vaccination prior to entry into a Residential Aged Care Facility," Ms Stanley said.

"If you are unwell do not visit. If you have even the mildest cough, fever, runny nose or difficulty breathing, please visit one of our COVID-19 clinics or call your doctor," Ms Stanley said.

For more information about COVID-19 please call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 088 or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.