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Our COVID-19 response

 

Guidelines during and outside a COVID surge

The below is to help staff navigate PPE, physical distancing, work arrangements and other guidelines during and outside a COVID-19 surge. More detailed information can be found on our other COVID-19 information for staff pages.

As of 15 November 2022 we are in a surge period.

For staff

During COVID surge All other times
Mask wearing N95 masks worn in all clinical areas

Surgical masks worn in office/Blue space
All staff to wear surgical masks

N95 masks are required for enhanced respiratory precautions and aerosol generating procedures
Eye protection No change at this time. Worn for:
  • Enhanced respiratory precautions (ERP)
  • Aerosol generating procedure (AGP)
  • Aerosol generating behaviour (AGB)
Staff COVID-19 testing RAT schedule as directed. Surveillance RATs if at risk, PCR if symptomatic
Meeting rooms

MS Teams or Zoom preferred unless essential

  • Physical distancing (1.5 metres)
  • Surgical masks
  • Preference no food or drinks
Food halls Reduced density No restrictions beside usual physical distancing
Communication
Increased frequency as requiredWeekly updates or as required
Staff positive COVID-19 notification
Submit self-isolation formSubmit self-isolation form
Working from homeStaff to work from home where possible and appropriateStaff can work in a hybrid flexible model where appropriate for business needs


For patients and visitors


During COVID surge All other times
Patient COVID-19 testing
  • Overnight admission PCR, alternate day RATs
  • PCR if symptomatic
  • Mental health wards may have a modified plan
  • Overnight admission RATs, alternate day RATs (may change in near future)
  • PCR if symptomatic
  • Mental health wards may have a modified plan
Patient mask wearing Surgical mask required (if patient can tolerate) when leaving room/open cubicle or shared area or visitor presentSurgical mask required (if patient can tolerate) when leaving room/open cubicle or shared area or visitor present
Visitors
  • Surgical masks required
  • No restrictions except 1 visitor only in ED and Outpatients (compassionate grounds to be considered for extras)
  • Surgical masks required
Concierge
  • Masks available
  • Signage to provide public education on mask wearing, hand hygiene and symptom monitoring
  • Masks to be made available
  • Signage to remind patients and visitors to wear masks, practice hand hygiene
Patient shared meal areas No change

Mental health wards may have a modified plan
Physical distancing

Mental health wards may have a modified plan


Previous CALHN organisational response plans

COVID-19 Information

Find out more about COVID-19, including visitor restrictions, changes to our operations and information on where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine.

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