In this section:
Patients: Please review updates to patient information BEFORE admission
It is your responsibility to respond to screening questions honestly and accurately. Failure to do so puts patients, staff and yourself at significant risk.
Visitors: Stricter restrictions in place
Due to an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 in metropolitan Melbourne, we are reintroducing stricter public health measures within our Melbourne hospitals. These measures are designed to keep our patients, staff and doctors safe.
Visitor restrictions (for all Epworth sites except Epworth Geelong):
- Each patient will be permitted only one visitor per day for one hour.
- Visiting hours will now be either 11am-12pm or 6-7pm.
- All visitors will be required to wear masks when entering our hospitals.
- No visitors will be permitted for patients in our Intensive Care Units, oncology or renal dialysis units or for patients who are COVID-19 positive or who are awaiting COVID-19 results.
- Please keep in contact with your family/friends through digital means (phone, facetime, etc).
- Those living in current hotspot suburbs (as advised by the Department of Health and Human Services) are discouraged from visiting our sites, unless necessary. At this stage, we can only permit visitors from these postcodes when required for care giving and for compassionate reasons.
Wearing of masks
- We are asking visitors and new patients to wear masks upon arrival
- Patients who are already in our hospitals will wear masks based on clinical circumstances.
You will not be permitted to enter our sites or hospitals:
If you have travelled in the past 14 days.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Breathing difficulties or wheezing
- Any other signs of respiratory infection
Those at greater risk of contracting this virus include:
- Those with compromised immune systems, for example oncology patients and the chronically ill
- The elderly
- Those with underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease
- Those you have travelled overseas in the last 14 days
COVID-19 has the following features:
- Highly contagious
- Spread via droplet: sneeze, cough, directly and via contaminated surfaces
- Most susceptible are the elderly and or those with chronic medical conditions
- You may be contagious before symptoms show
- Lasts for one to two weeks or longer
- Causes respiratory infection and may lead to pneumonia
How you can protect yourself and your family:
- Hand hygiene is the best defence. Use hand santiser and wash your hands with soap and water.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or cough into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
- Face masks are not recommended for use by members of the public in Victoria.
- We recommend you reconsider overseas travel. 14 days of self-isolation is mandatory on your return.
If you have travelled overseas, been in contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19 and/or are experiencing the above symptoms, your first point of contact is your GP. Make sure you call ahead to let them know your concerns or symptoms.
For more information about COVID-19, see the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.
If you suspect you or a family member has COVID-19 you should call (not visit) your GP or call the national hotline on 1800 020 080. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
Advice and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) for patients.
* You must test and isolate before your surgery
* Stricter visitor restrictions in place
* Elective surgery update
* Elective patient screening
Advice and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) for medical specialists and VMOs.