COVID-19 update: 18 June 2021

Daily Attestations and QR Codes

Daily attestations and workplace declarations are mandatory. Employees and doctors should continue checking in through the employee and doctor QR code at the entry point to all our sites.  

In accordance with government regulations, we will be introducing new QR processes for visitors from Friday, 25 June 2021.

Visitor Restrictions

Restrictions apply to all of our hospitals during this current lockdown in Victoria:

  • We are not able to welcome any visitors, except:
    • for end of life reasons
    • support person for birth and duration of stay
    • a parent may accompany a child needing care.
  • Our maternity program at Park Hyatt will be paused until further notice
  • See updated visitor entry requirements for maternity units at Epworth Freemasons and Epworth Geelong.
  • Elective surgery:
    • With restrictions easing in Melbourne, we resumed elective surgery at our Melbourne hospitals from Tuesday, 15 June 2021.
      Please contact your treating doctor with any queries.

Before visiting our hospitals, please regularly check the exposure sites listed. If you have visited an exposure site in the times mentioned, it is essential to get tested and follow quarantine advice.

Even if you have not been to an exposure site, it is essential to get tested immediately if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills or sweats or change in sense of smell or taste.

COVID-19- Permit zones

The Victorian government introduced a permit system for anyone re-entering Victoria. Epworth patients and visitors will need to adhere to the ruling of the zone from where they have travelled. The requirements fall under three zones:

  • Red zone: those who have travelled to a designated red zone are not permitted to enter Victoria without an exemption, permitted worker permit or exception.
  • Orange zone: anyone who has been in an orange zone must self-isolate, get a COVID-19 test within 72 hours and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Patients must receive a negative result prior to admission.
  • Green zone: no requirements, other than monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately, if symptoms appear.

The map showing Australia’s different zones can be found here.

As a precaution, anyone who has visited a red zone or high risk exposure site in Australia, should get tested and receive a negative result before entering our hospitals.

For the latest case locations and outbreaks, please visit the DH website.

Wearing masks

  • Anyone entering our sites will need to wear a mask upon arrival and register their attendance.
  • Patients who are already in our hospitals will wear masks, based on clinical circumstances.
  • Patients and visitors must change into a hospital provided mask when entering the hospital.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe, regularly wash your hands, keep at least 1.5 metres from other people, and stay home if you feel unwell.

See our guide to putting on and removing a surgical mask - How to wear your surgical mask (PDF, 2MB)

Reduce your risk of coronavirus with masks (PDF, 98KB)

If you have any symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties or wheezing or any other signs of respiratory infection, however mild, seek advice and get tested.

Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions (PDF, 608KB)

For more information about COVID-19 go to the Victorian Department of Health.