Temp checks in place for those visiting hospitals

The Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) has announced all visitors to hospitals in the district will have their temperatures checked prior to entry as visiting hours are restricted.

As of midday Thursday there have been five confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the local government area of Ballarat, four in Mount Alexander, one in Hepburn and Greater Bendigo and none in Central Goldfields, while Victoria now has 520 confirmed cases.

On Wednesday, MDHS announced that all visitors to the health service’s campuses in Avoca, Dunolly and Maryborough will have their temperatures checked during designated visiting hours and will be asked a number of questions relating to travel and COVID-19.

MDHS have also restricted visiting hours to aged care and acute care facilities in the same campuses, with acute visiting hours now restricted to one hour from 10 to 11 am and 2 until 3 pm.

Visitors who present to any of the three campuses with a temperature above 37.5 degrees will not be permitted access to the facility and only one visitor will be allowed access outside of visiting hours in extreme circumstances only.

MDHS CEO Terry Welch said the health service is complying with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice to ensure community safety.

“The health service and our COVID-19 taskforce is on a daily basis adapting our internal guidelines based upon national and state advice,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 7 of The Advertiser, Friday, March 27

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