COVID-19 Information Update (April 9th, 2020)

Flu Vaccinations

Earlier this year the Commonwealth Government announced a mandatory influenza vaccination program for residential care. Included in the direction is that all people entering a residential facility after 1 May will require vaccination against influenza.

Further to this, Victorian Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton has expanded the COVID-19 direction to restrict access to residential aged care to include a person who does not have an up to date vaccination against influenza, if such a vaccination is available to the person.

Ballarat Health Services has an extensive influenza vaccination program for staff and residents which commenced this week. Our care staff have always been proactive in being vaccinated and it is now mandatory for staff working in the facilities to be vaccinated.

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COVID-19 Information Update (April 9th, 2020)

End of Life Visitor Guideline

We thank you for your understanding and support since the introduction of the restricted visitor’s guideline across our residential facilities.

Ballarat Health Services takes the safety of our residents and staff seriously. The best way to protect your health and safety is to keep the virus out of the facilities.

We are continually receiving advice and direction from the State and Commonwealth Government on the how to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and how to protect vulnerable residents. To that end, I am writing to you to provide further updates.

As previously communicated we are committed to providing compassionate and empathetic care and changes will be made to our approach as more evidence-based information is released regarding Covid-19.

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COVID-19 Information Update (March 19th, 2020)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison Announcement

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that visits to residential aged care will be short, and limited to a maximum of two people at one time during the day.

Only family and close friends and professional service workers will be allowed into the Home. Visits must take place in a resident’s room, outside, or in an area designated by the facility. Children under 16 years will only be able to visit “by exception”.

Ballarat Health Services takes the safety of our residents and staff seriously, hence we plan to implement these official changes as of Thursday 19 March 2020.

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