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In light of the most recent social distancing requirements, NNSWLHD has further revised its visitor restrictions and screening for people coming to our hospitals,’ said Wayne Jones, Chief Executive NNSWLHD.

From Friday, 3 April there will be a limit of one (1) visitor per patient in all NNSWLHD hospitals. This person is to be identified by the patient in consultation with their family or carer.

Visiting hours have also been restricted to one (1) hour, once (1) per day and they can now only take place between 1pm and 6pm daily. Visits can only take place in the patients room.

A patient’s designated visitor will be provided with detailed information regarding social distancing and must adhere to all personal protective and hand hygiene requirements already in place when on site,’ said Mr Jones.

‘The designated visitor will be screened prior to each visit.’

Upon entering a facility, as a precautionary measure, visitors will be asked:

  • Have you returned from overseas in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a person confirmed or suspectedto have COVID-19?
  • Are you feeling unwell with any flu-like symptoms?

 Anyone answering yes to any of these questions will not be permitted to enter.

The current restrictions in Maternity/Women’s Care Units and Birthing Suites remain at one (1) support person per birth, with no other visitors while in hospital,’ continued Mr Jones.

‘NSW Health supports the World Health Organisation and Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) recommendations that one chosen support person should accompany a woman giving birth.

‘Multi-Purpose Services have their own restrictions which are one designated visitor once (1) per day for 15 minutes.

‘We accept that these measures may cause concern for some patients and community members, but the restrictions are in place to protect our hospital system, our patients, our staff and the wider community, especially those in vulnerable age groups.

‘We encourage everyone to continue with social distancing and isolation measures, and thank our community for their vigilance to date.

‘Visitors, carers and family members should speak with the nurse in charge about any extenuating circumstances.’

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