COVID-19

 

IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM ODH

  • Changes to visitors to hospital and Lewington House.
  • Hospital is no longer accessible without first being screened for symptoms, travel and personal contact history.
  • Reducing the number of people coming and going through the hospital helps us reduce the risk of transmission and helps us protect patients and the community.
  • COVID-19 Hotline is available 24 hours of the day 7 days of the week: 1800 020 080
  • Click here to view how to use Masks for Visitors
  • Click here to view how to use Masks for Consumers

NEW LIMITS ON VISITORS

Early indications are that elderly people are particularly vulnerable to Coronavirus.

And so we’re doing everything in our power to protect the residents of our Aged Care Facility, Lewington House.

That will mean some significant changes for those of you that visit Lewington House.

 

Per Federal Government direction passed down on Monday 1st June 2020, here are the new limits on visiting Lewington House:

  • All visitors will be screened for symptoms, travel and personal contact history
  • Family and loved ones only
  • Residents will be able to receive 2 short visits a day (totaling no more that 2 hours) with a maximum of 2 visitors for the day
  • Visits restricted to resident’s room or outside, not indoor common areas
  • Please visit only the resident you have come to see
  • No visitors under the age of 16
  • Please perform hand hygiene before entering and on leave the residents room and respiratory etiquette, and listen to and obey direction from staff.
  • Everyone visiting must have received their 2020 flu vaccination and provide proof on arrival.  

Click here to view Fact Sheet: Aged care Facilities

 

General access:

If you are coming to Omeo District Health to see a health professional, you will be screened for COVID-19 risk factors before being allowed to enter.  Please follow the directions at the main hospital entrance and medical centre entrance.

All visitors:

Please use the green call button located outside the main hospital entrance for access.  You will be screened for COVID-19 risk factors before being allowed to enter. Please follow directions from ODH staff. Please DO NOT visit if you:

  • feel unwell, or have cold or flu symptoms;
  • have travelled overseas in the last 14 days; or
  • have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 infected person

PLAY YOUR PART IN REDUCING THE SPREAD

We appreciate the anxiety and concern that COVID-19 is causing in this community. It is our community, too.

Every individual has a big role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Wash your hands regularly. If you need to cough or sneeze cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your elbow.

If you are ill, stay at home.

Here’s a checklist of the things you can do to reduce your risk of COVID-19.
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COVID-19: THE BASICS

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Like influenza or the common cold it is spread by coming in contact with secretions that contain the virus of someone who is infected.  

Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. The current information suggests illness is more likely in middle-aged and elderly and people with co-morbidities (other diseases or conditions at the same time). 

Click here to view COVID-19: Identifying the Symptoms 

Viruses can survive on hard surfaces for hours, so touching a contaminated surface and then your face, eyes, and or lips is one of the ways viruses spread. Or it might be sharing the space with an infected person who is coughing and sneezing. The droplets that are expelled when we cough or sneeze can travel through the air, be breathed in by others, and contaminate surrounding surfaces. 

This is why there is such an importance placed on good hand hygiene and limiting the contact with people suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19. 

Click here to view Steps to Stop the Spread 

 

The website below has up to date information for public and health professionals about COVID-19

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/

 

There are strict guidelines regarding testing.  Please call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 for general advice or Omeo District Health on 5159 0100 for information on ODH services

 

 


23rd March 2020 at 9.00am. 

 

We understand that many people are concerned about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  

We can assure you that the safety of our aged care residents, patients, clients, staff and community members is our top priority.  

We have therefore made the following changes, consistent with directions from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the Australian Government Department of Health:

General access:

If you are coming to Omeo District Health to see a health professional, you will be screened for COVID-19 risk factors before being allowed to enter.  Please follow the directions at the main hospital entrance and medical centre entrance.

All visitors:

Please use the green call button located outside the main hospital entrance for access.  You will be screened for COVID-19 risk factors before being allowed to enter. Please follow directions from ODH staff.  The PIN code used for access during office hours by some community members will no longer work. 

Please DO NOT visit if you:

  • feel unwell, or have cold or flu symptoms;
  • have travelled overseas in the last 14 days; or
  • have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 infected person

Visits to Lewington House:

Visits to Lewington House are now allowed only for a maximum of 2 hours per visit. One resident may receive one visit per day.  No more than two people may visit the same resident during this one visit.

Visits are no longer allowed in communal areas of Lewington House.  Visits may be held in the resident’s room or outdoors on hospital grounds. 

Children aged under 16 years may not visit Lewington House.  There are exceptions in place for visits during palliative care. 

Home Care Clients:

All Health Care workers will contact clients with screening questions prior to starting their shift each day. If there is any doubt regarding client or worker health the service will be postponed or modified. 

If service is not possible with your current home care worker, we may need to substitute another worker. We can also arrange non-contact support where possible. 

If you would prefer no visitors, please let us know and we can suspend service also. 

The health and safety of our Clients and Worker is our priority and we are in constant communication with our teams. 

For more information:

For information about Omeo District Health services, please call 5159 0100. 

For general information about COVID-19, call the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Hotline on 1800 020 080 or

visit the Department of Health & Human Services Website – www.dhhs.vic.gov.au

Please keep in mind that this is a constantly changing situation that is likely to affect all of us for some time.  We are a strong, compassionate and resilient community and together we will all get through this latest challenge.

 

Warm regards,

 

Simon Lawlor

Board Chair

Omeo District Health

Leanne Stedman

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Omeo District Health