Hospital visitor restrictions ease in the ACT

Dominic Giannini 23 October 2020 15
Calvary Hospital

Restrictions will ease for hospital visitors tomorrow, allowing more people to see patients at the same time. Photo: File.

Visitor restrictions at health facilities, including hospitals, will ease from tomorrow (26 October) allowing two people to visit a patient each day.

Canberrans will be able to visit their loved ones at the same time or separately during visiting hours but visitors or outpatients who choose not to participate in health screening measures may be refused entry to health facilities.

Women will also be allowed to have two people to support them in birthing suites but it will need to be pre-planned with relevant midwifery and obstetric staff during antenatal care.

Exemptions to the policy on compassionate grounds will continue to be available on a case-by-case basis by arrangement with relevant clinical staff.

READ ALSO: Canberra records first COVID-19 case in three months

People visiting outpatient or community health clinics are being encouraged to go alone where possible, with support limited to one other person if needed.

Health services are also asking that people do not bring children under 17 years of age.

“We know how hard it has been for Canberrans affected by the restrictions, and we thank the community for their continued support as we seek to protect the health and safety of our staff, patients and their families,” the Clinical Director of the ACT’s COVID-19 response Professor Imogen Mitchell said.

“Health screening at health facilities is the frontline of the ACT’s defence against COVID-19, and this will continue.

“It ensures health services have the means to contact trace if needed and has helped us to keep our staff, patients and their families safe.”

The announcement to ease restrictions was made despite the ACT recording its first positive COVID-19 case on Thursday (22 October) from a returned diplomat.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said at the time that the diplomat, who returned from overseas and promptly quarantined, would not impact the decision to move forward.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman says the ACT’s quarantine program is working as it should. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

“This is a demonstration that our quarantine program is doing exactly what we want it to do,” she said.

“These are not the cases we are concerned about. The cases we are concerned about are the ones that are locally acquired or potentially evidence of community transmission.

“But it is another timely reminder that COVID-19 still poses a risk to the ACT and the situation can change quickly.”

For more information on COVID-19 restrictions and the ACT’s response, visit the ACT Government.

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15 Responses to Hospital visitor restrictions ease in the ACT
Sally Barton Sally Barton 7:06 am 26 Oct 20

Court Watts - this is good news 😊

    Courtney Watts Courtney Watts 7:57 am 26 Oct 20

    Sally Barton Hopefully come March there won’t be any restrictions

Jo O'shea Jo O'shea 8:45 pm 25 Oct 20

About time. No one allowed in when Pip had Remy in May. Very hard on her and all the family.

    Grace Byrne Grace Byrne 8:51 pm 25 Oct 20

    Jo O'shea I totally feel you on this one! Unfortunately these restrictions being eased are still no good to woman having babies my son was born 11 weeks early has spent 2 months so far in hospital with many more days to come in special care unit and the only people to meet him so far are myself and his father my 6 year old daughter is still waiting to meet her baby brother it’s just utterly ridiculous

    Jo O'shea Jo O'shea 9:22 pm 25 Oct 20

    I’m so sorry for you and and your family. Wishing you and your beautiful baby all the best.

    Nicole Lawler Inveen Nicole Lawler Inveen 11:17 pm 25 Oct 20

    Grace Byrne what a difficult time for you and your family. I hope your little girl gets to meet her baby brother, and that your little family gets to welcome your new Bub home.🥰

Kristen Saep Kristen Saep 8:33 pm 25 Oct 20

Renee Kinnear timing!!!

Jason Malcolm Jason Malcolm 8:31 pm 25 Oct 20

Tiarna gonna have yours in act or nsw?

Maria DeAngelis Maria DeAngelis 7:17 pm 25 Oct 20

Lisa Lamah, just in time! 🥰😍🥰

    Lisa Lamah Lisa Lamah 8:01 pm 25 Oct 20

    Maria DeAngelis I know coz last night they were telling me it’s only one visitor per day 😔😔 but 2 is good😍😍😍😍

Ruth Robertson Ruth Robertson 6:58 pm 25 Oct 20

Emily Robertson take him back tomorrow

Courtney Sarah Courtney Sarah 6:52 pm 25 Oct 20

Tamara Mason lol I knew this would happen

    Tamara Lindeman Tamara Lindeman 7:14 pm 25 Oct 20

    Courtney Sarah omg 🤦🏼‍♀️ like one week!

Josephine Lawrence Josephine Lawrence 6:16 pm 25 Oct 20

Omg Kate Lawrence I’m crying. Could I be lucky enough 👏👏👏

    Josephine Lawrence Josephine Lawrence 6:32 pm 25 Oct 20

    Kate Lawrence still only 2 people 🤦‍♀️

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