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The Women’s is dedicated to preserving the health and safety of women and babies in our care. We have extensive preventative and responsive processes in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 contaminations and outbreaks, outlined in our Department of Health and WorkSafe Victoria approved COVID Safe Plan. 

As COVID-19 is still present in our community, we are working to ensure we remain a safe and healthy workplace and health service. We greatly appreciate the support of our patients, visitors and families who we partner with to maintain the safety of our health service.

Some of our COVID Safe strategies include:

  • All staff and volunteers must be vaccinated against COVID-19, in line with directions from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, and be fit to be at work and to care for patients.
  • In line with Victorian Government directions, all hospital visitors (including parents and birth partners) must have received two doses of a COVID vaccine or have returned a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result on the day of entry. Rapid antigen tests and N95 masks are available at the hospital screening desk for unvaccinated visitors before each visit.
  • All patients and visitors who come into our hospital are screened and must declare they are eligible to enter a sensitive setting (public hospital) and must wear a hospital-supplied surgical face mask.
  • Our Hospital Support Team apply our permitted visitor policy, which aims to minimise the number of people in our building and protect our patients and staff.
  • Every person in the hospital is required to comply with COVID Safe principles as directed by the Victorian Government. These include mask wearing, physical distancing, good hand hygiene and safe respiratory etiquette, such as coughing into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Our staff are trained in infection prevention and control measures and wear appropriate personal protective equipment specific to their role, as directed by the Department of Health.
  • We enable and encourage the use of telehealth consultations to reduce the need for patients to come into the hospital, when clinically appropriate.
  • We have assessed and optimised the ventilation systems in our clinical areas, eliminating the recirculation of air and airborne droplets, to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Our enhanced cleaning schedules mean our support staff are actively sanitising all public areas and deep cleaning high risk areas.
  • A COVID Support Officer is active in our communal patient waiting areas as a key point of contact for staff, patients, families and other visitors. The COVID Support Officer ensures compliance in waiting areas with the hospital’s COVID Safe measures, including the wearing of masks, physical distancing and our visitor policy.
  • Maximum occupancy limits are in place and adhered to in all rooms and areas of the hospital.
  • Our staff participate in an asymptomatic surveillance testing program to minimise the risks of transmission of COVID-19 prior to symptoms showing.
  • We have stringent guidelines and processes in place to manage patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.  
  • We are actively promoting vaccination to our patients and the broader community; either through community vaccination centres or through the Royal Melbourne Hospital vaccination clinic where some of our patients have priority access.
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