Important information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Elective surgery during COVID-19
Elective surgery across the health system is being significantly scaled back to allow hospitals and staff to prepare for COVID-19.
If your surgery is going to be changed or cancelled, you will be contacted soon by Peel Health Campus.
Please be aware only urgent surgery and procedures will proceed for the foreseeable future.
More information will follow.
Information on this page
We understand the rapidly evolving and unprecedented and widespread effects of COVID-19 may result in high levels of concern, however we want to reassure you that we are well-prepared and well-resourced to manage the impacts.
We have strict infection control and prevention protocols in place to protect patients, health care workers and visitors to minimise the risk of any infection, including COVID-19.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are documented on the Australian Government’s Department of Health website. If you are unwell and require urgent medical attention you should contact your GP or call 000 for an ambulance (this will work even without phone credit).
Information for patients
If you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, please contact the hospital or your doctor before your scheduled appointment or surgery. If you are unwell with any cold or flu like symptoms, and are scheduled for a procedure, please contact your doctor before attending the hospital.
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Information for visitors
Our priority remains keeping our patients, staff and visitors as safe as possible.
Given the current situation with COVID-19, visiting hours have now been restricted to between 10am and 11am and 7pm and 8pm (daily).
Only two visitors are permitted each day with only one visitor allowed in the patient’s room/area at a time.
No children under 16 years are allowed to visit patients.
Please do not visit the hospital if you have:
- a fever and/or a cold or a flu-like illness, including symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing;
- travelled outside Australia and are therefore required to self-isolate for 14 days after date of return to Australia and/or;
- been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus and are therefore required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Any visitor who does not comply with the above requirements will be asked to leave the hospital immediately.
When visiting please ensure you:
- wash your hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser.
- keep a safe distance from others and refrain from physical contact.
Maternity & Paediatrics
These conditions also apply to Bennett Ward (Maternity) and Sarich Children’s Ward (please note, on Sarich, visitors must be a designated family member).
Only one adult may accompany a patient into the Emergency Department and they must wash their hands.
Visiting COVID-19 patients
Currently Peel Health Campus has no patients with COVID-19.
Should this change, visitation will not be permitted to adults confirmed as having the virus or those suspected of having it.*
Only one family member will be permitted to visit a paediatric patient with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19. It must be the same family member each day. *
The family member visiting must:
- perform hand hygiene on entering and leaving the patient’s room
- wear a mask and protective eyewear at all times in the patient’s room.
* There may be exceptional or compassionate individual circumstances under which these visiting restrictions may be reconsidered by the treating team.
It is important to practise social distancing to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.
Important tips include:
- You should aim to remain 1.5 metres apart at all times. If you are required to move closer than 1.5 metres, ensure that the time does not exceed 15 minutes
- Do not shake hands, kiss or hug
- Do not share food
- Limit non-essential gatherings.
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Information for maternity patients
Ramsay maternity units are open and receiving patients. If you are being admitted for observation, treatment or delivery, it is important that you follow the hospital’s instructions.
The hospital has implemented additional safeguards that are also being applied at other WA maternity units. Until advised otherwise, PHC is only allowing women to take one birthing partner in with them during their labour.
Please make sure your family and visitors are also aware of any precautions that may impact upon their ability to visit the hospital. There is a section above containing important information for all hospital visitors.
If you have any specific questions which are not answered above, please contact your hospital.
Have you recently travelled overseas or are you unwell?
If you have travelled overseas within the last 14 days prior to your planned or unplanned admission, or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, you should advise the hospital and your doctor so appropriate precautions can be in place when you are admitted, protecting you and others in the hospital. If you have had contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19, then please alert the hospital so appropriate precautions can be implemented for your admission and follow the instructions from Public Health authorities.
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, please alert the hospital and Public Health authorities. You will be able to be admitted but precautions will be put in place for your admission and remain in place until removed by Public Health.
Maternity tours and education classes
In response to the changing COVID-19 situation, for the safety of our patients and staff, we have taken the decision to postpone our group maternity tours and classes. In some cases, hospitals may hold individual tours where possible – please contact your hospital for more information.
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Special events (including Anzac Day services)
Keeping in mind the safety of our patients, visitors, and health care workers, based on advice from the Australian Government, we have taken the decision to postpone or cancel large events and gatherings of more than 20 people. This includes commemorations for Anzac Day. We instead encourage the community to watch the Australian War Memorial’s nationally televised Anzac Day commemorative service at 5.30am on 25 April 2020.
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Coronaviruses can make humans and animals sick. Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The virus first seen in Hubei Province, China is called ‘novel’ because it is new. COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) and there has been a significant increase in new cases across many countries in Europe and around the world. It is likely that the virus originally came from an animal, and there is evidence that it can spread from person-to-person.
Symptoms include fever OR an acute respiratory infection and include (but are not limited to) cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath with or without a fever.
The coronavirus is most likely to spread from person-to-person by:
- Direct close contact with a person whilst they are infectious;
- Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection coughs or sneezes; or
- Touching objects or surfaces (such as doorknobs or tables or face masks) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.
Most infections are transmitted by people when they have symptoms. There is now some evidence that people could be contagious before showing symptoms.
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. You should:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
- Avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
- cough and sneeze into your elbow
- If you are asked to wear a surgical face mask, after putting it on to cover your nose and mouth, do not touch the front of the mask and remove it using the ear loops or head straps.
- Dispose of the used mask into a waste bin and perform hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol hand rub.
COVID-19 clinics and assessment centres have been established at various sites across Australia. Please click on the relevant link below to view the services available in your state:
Yes, visiting your doctor is considered an essential indoor gathering under current guidelines. That means you must adhere to social distancing measures by keeping a distance of 1.5m between yourself and other people and good hygiene practices including using hand sanitiser before and after your visit with your doctor.
People who are recommended to be isolated should not attend public places, in particular work, school, childcare or university. Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home. There is no need to wear masks in the home. Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you. If you must leave the home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
There is no specific treatment for coronaviruses. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care. Some people will require hospitalisation.
Given the evolving situation, we are restricting visitors to Ramsay facilities. No more than two visitors will be permitted at any one time. Visitors to maternity units will be restricted to close family or carers only, and preapproved by the patient. Prior to your arrival, you should contact the hospital to confirm you can visit the patient. Additional restrictions may be implemented in high risk areas including Intensive Care Units, oncology units, dialysis units, and special care nurseries.
A face mask will not protect you against becoming infected. While the use of face masks can help to prevent transmission of disease from infected patients to others, face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for the prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. If you are unwell with cold and flu-like symptoms, then a mask can be worn when you attend the hospital or GP office for assessment.
Visit the Australian Government Department of Health homepage at www.health.gov.au.
Call the Public Health Information Line on 1800 004 599.
Discuss any questions you have with the Public Health Agency monitoring you.
Contact your state or territory public health agency:
- ACT call 02 5124 9213
- NSW call 1300 066 055
- NT call 08 8922 8044
- QLD call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
- SA call 1300 232 272
- TAS call 1800 671 738
- VIC call 1300 651 160
- WA visit www.healthywa.wa.gov.au or call your local public health unit
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