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COVID-19 Command Bulletin | 15 December 2020


1.15 pm | 15 December 2020

Hi everyone,

SA Health has released updated visitor guidelines for all public hospitals and residential care facilities within the state.

Effective immediately, the below visitor guidelines are in place at all CALHN hospital sites.

These guidelines are in place to protect staff, patients and visitors and were developed in conjunction with the infectious disease and public health experts within the State Command Centre.

Visitor guidelines

Visitors should not enter a hospital if they have:

  • a temperature higher than 38 degrees Celsius, fever, chills or symptoms of acute respiratory infection in the preceding 72 hours
  • had a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the test results
  • been a known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 (unless appropriate PPE was worn)
  • tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Hospital inpatients

Maximum of two adult visitors per day, throughout the patient’s stay. Additional visits for compassionate reasons can be made at the discretion of the nurse unit manager.

Outpatients and emergency

Maximum of one adult may accompany a patient to an emergency department or a hospital-based outpatient appointment.

Palliative, end of life of critically unwell patients

Where appropriate and safe, up to two visitors for palliative/end of life care (death imminent within two weeks) is recommended at each time, up to a three-hour duration.

However, this may be increased at discretion of nurse unit manager in the terminal phase of up to 72 hours before death, providing physical distancing requirements can be achieved. Members of the same households will not be required to observe distancing if they would not do so at home.

As always, this visitor directive is flexible on compassionate grounds.

The guidelines can also be found on the SA Health website.

Signage across our sites will be updated shortly to reflect these changes and will be made available on the COVID-19 staff information portal.

Kathryn Zeitz
CALHN COVID-19 Commander

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