CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The health, safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff is of great importance at South Perth Hospital. We are closely monitoring the situation in Australia regarding the spread of COVID-19. Measures are in place to minimise the risk to our patients and staff. These include:

  • Regular updates from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Regular updates from the Western Australian Department of Health.
  • Screening of all patients to determine if you have a risk of COVID-19 exposure. E.g. Symptoms of Respiratory Illness, contact with people with confirmed COVID-19, or being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results.
  • Monitoring of all staff to determine if they have a risk of COVID-19 exposure. E.g. Symptoms of Respiratory Illness, contact with people with confirmed COVID-19, or being tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results.
  • Providing frequent updates to all staff and visiting medical practitioners regarding work restrictions if they have had a possible COVID-19 exposure risk.
  • Access to experienced infection prevention and control personnel if required.

 

Pre-Admission
COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Thank you for choosing to have your procedure at South Perth Hospital. As you are aware, there are increasing cases of COVID-19 in our community. To ensure we keep our staff and patients safe, South Perth Hospital has implemented screening and testing arrangements based on guidance from the WA Department of Health.

To ensure that patients and essential visitors are free of COVID-19 , all patients over the age of five (5) and parents accompanying a child (aged 17 years and under) will be required to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at home no more than three (3) hours prior to admission. Parents or guardians should perform the RAT on children under the age of 12.

A RAT can be purchased from your local pharmacy or supermarket and provides results within 15 to 20 minutes. All RAT kits have a QR code which links to a video that demonstrates how to take the test. To avoid delays with your admission, it is recommended that you purchase a spare RAT in the event the first result is invalid.
Please bring your negative RAT with you to hospital in a clear ziplock bag. Your RAT result will be verified by a staff member prior to your admission.
Should you have any further queries, please phone the hospital on (08) 9367 0222.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our staff and patients safe.

 

Guidance on Test Results:

POSITIVE
If two coloured bands appear within 15-20 minutes the result is positive. No matter how faint the coloured band is in the ‘T’ zone the result should be considered positive.

What to do:
DO NOT ATTEND THE HOSPITAL.
Isolate and phone the hospital on (08) 9367 0222 to cancel your procedure.
You must register your positive RAT result via the Healthy WA website (www.healthywa.wa.gov.au).

NEGATIVE
If one coloured band appears in the ‘C’ zone and NO coloured band appears in the ‘T’ zone within 15-20 minutes the test result is negative.

What to do:
You may attend the hospital for your procedure.
Place the RAT in a clear ziplock bag to bring with you to the hospital.

INVALID
If there is no coloured band in the ‘C’ zone within 15-20 minutes the test is invalid. The test has not worked. You may have collected your saliva or nasal swab incorrectly or there may be a manufacturing defect.

What to do:
You need to repeat the test with a new RAT kit.
You must return a negative result to proceed with your admission.

More Information: COVID-19 Testing Requirements

 

Visiting:

All patients are allowed up to two visitors at any one time during visiting hours.
Essential visitors can remain with the patient outside of standard visiting hours.

Essential visitors are:

  • A parent of an admitted child (aged 17 years and under)
  • An end-of-life support person
  • Nominated guardian/carer for a patient living with a disability.

All visitors must wear a surgical mask, authorised visitor wrist band and register their attendance on arrival. They must go directly to the patient’s room on arrival and cannot go to any other areas of the hospital.

Visitor testing requirements 

  • All Essential visitors will be required to provide evidence of a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result prior to visiting.
  • All visitors to Terrace Ward will be required to provide evidence of a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result prior to visiting.
  • Essential visitors and visitors to Terrace Ward must should source their own RATs and conduct these at-home no more than 3 hours prior to attending the hospital. Place the RAT in a clear ziplock bag to bring with you to the hospital for verification.

Please do not visit the hospital if you are feeling unwell, if you are a close contact of COVID-19 case, or have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for the test results.

Visiting Hours:
Monday to Friday: 10am to 12 noon and 4pm to 6pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 10am to 12 noon

 

Entry to the Hospital:

Entry into the hospital is via the Main Entrance on South Terrace.

From the 31st January 2022, all visitors aged 16 years and over will need to show evidence of at least two doses of an approved COVID – 19 vaccination to enter South Perth Hospital.  In addition, a surgical mask must be worn inside the hospital.  Children under the age of 12 years do not need to wear a mask but can wear one if they are happy to do so.  Visitors will also be asked screening questions prior to entry, including a check to see if they have visited current exposure sites listed on the HealthyWA website.

 

Visitors are required to register their visit via the ServiceWA app/QR code or using manual registers. People who do not have a mobile phone will need to sign in manually on arrival and show staff a hard copy of their proof of vaccination certificate. If using this option, an acceptable form of identification must also be provided.

 

Acceptable identification as per the Government of Western Australia can be a;

  • Drivers Licence (Australian or Overseas)
  • Passport (Australian or Overseas)
  • Proof of Age Card (all States and Territories)
  • Medicare, Centrelink, Credit or Debit card
  • Bank, Utility or Telephone Statement/Bill with name and address details
  • Student ID card
  • Skippers Ticket
  • Current Residential Tenancy Agreement
  • Local Government water rates or infringement notice displaying name and address details
  • Evidence of electoral enrolment
  • Armed Services discharge papers
  • Centrelink pensioner, healthcare or seniors card
  • Department of Veterans Affairs concession, repatriation healthcare card
  • Citizenship Certificate or Naturalisation document from the Department of Home Affairs
  • Evidence of Immigration Status Card
  • Permanent Resident Evidence Card
  • Residence Determination Immicard
  • Birth certificate
  • Australia Post Keypass ID

 

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