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.

Emergency departments – open as usual

If you require medical treatment, it is important to seek appropriate care, especially in an emergency. Epworth emergency departments at Epworth Richmond and Epworth Geelong are here for you seven days a week.

If experiencing a medical emergency, please call 000.

If you are concerned you have COVID-19

If you have mild symptoms, call your GP or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

You may wish to attend our emergency departments at Epworth Geelong and Epworth Richmond if:

    1. You are experiencing symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties or wheezing, headache or any other signs or symptoms of respiratory infection AND
    2. You have travelled overseas in the past two weeks OR
    3. You have been in contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19

Please note: COVID-19 testing will be conducted in accordance with Department of Health (DH) guidelines.

Low risk patients and those with mild-medium symptoms may be sent home with instructions, without testing. You may be asked to self-isolate and provided with information and advice to help manage your symptoms.