Hospitals amend visitor arrangements

Wyong Hospital SignThe entrance to Wyong Hospital on the Central Coast.

Central Coast Health District has made changes to visiting hours at facilities across the Coast to reduce the risk of Coronavirus spreading to patients and staff.

The new restrictions come into effect immediately and will see visiting hours reduced and a limit on the number of visitors who can see a patient.
District CEO, Dr Andrew Montague, announced the changes on March 18.

“For the safety and wellbeing of patients and the community, Central Coast Local Health District is taking steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading by adjusting visiting hours and arrangements.
“Visiting hours at Gosford, Wyong and Woy Woy hospitals and Long Jetty Health Centre are now 6pm to 8pm.

“We ask that patients are only visited by one visitor during these visiting hours, who is either their partner, carer, guardian or nominated significant other,” Dr Montague said.

Alternative arrangements for maternity, mental health and children’s services have also been made, with a full list of what’s changed and where available on the District’s website under the visiting hours tab.
“If you are visiting a patient in one of these services or coming in for an antenatal clinic, please refer to our website before you come to check what arrangements we have in place,” Dr Montague said.
Dr Montague said people must be feeling well if they planned to visit someone in hospital.

“In line with current advice, visitors must not enter any of our hospitals or healthcare facilities if they have a fever or a cold and flu-like illness or if they have been overseas in the last 14 days,” Dr Montague said.

People who have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 in the last 14 days must also not visit loved ones in our hospitals or healthcare centres.

Media release, Mar 18
Central Coast Health

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