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SWH Tightens Restrictions

SWH Tightens Restrictions

SWH Tightens Visitor Restrictions At Its Facilities

South West Healthcare has further tightened visitor restrictions at its facilities to protect its patients, aged care residents, registered volunteers and workforce.

As of now The Warrnambool Base Hospital and the Camperdown Hospital will only allow one visitor per day per patient, and that one visit can only be made between 4–7pm.

Merindah Lodge is closed to visitors, while no visitor is to be aged under 16.

CEO Craig Fraser says these tightened precautions will provide further protection against the spread of Coronavirus for patients, the vulnerable elderly, SWH staff and the general community.

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"The maximum one visitor per day per patient is essential in doing everything we can to protect everyone" he said.

"It goes without saying, though, that while we must be vigilant we must also continue to be compassionate, for patients in our palliative care, paediatric and midwifery units, other arrangements, where possible, will be individually made".

"I really appreciate the understanding of our consumers and their families and recognise this is difficult, we’ll work with them to try and connect them to loved ones with phones and video links,’ Mr Fraser says.

"I want to reinforce that anyone feeling unwell should not enter any of our SWH facilities as a visitor, this includes if you have a cold or a runny nose, for example".

"I also want to assure our communities that while a lot of our day, every day now, is being spent on addressing Coronavirus developments we will not fail to continue our focus on caring for the patients we already have, our quality patient care will not be compromised."

Mr Fraser says the workforce at SWH are doing an exemplary job during these testing times, SWH’s respiratory assessment clinic is experiencing increased demand from local people returning from overseas.

He also thanked schools and local councils for their work implementing a range of measures, and stressed the importance of social distancing and hand hygiene as critical.

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