IMPORTANT COVID-19 LINKS

Visitor restrictions are in place across facilities please read the information below, and check this site regularly for updates

When entering our buildings you will have your temperature checked, be asked several questions, must register your details, and will be given a mask if you do not have your own.

Please note additional family members are not permitted to wait in lobbies or waiting rooms (this applies to all facilities).

Visitor Restrictions

Ballarat Base Hospital

Ballarat Base Hospital

VISITORS effective from 1 March 2021

Visiting is currently restricted.

General wards

  • A maximum of 2 visitors are permitted at any one time
  • Visits must occur during the ward's visiting hours 
  • Visitors must be over 18 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult (eg 1 x adult, 1 x child) 
  • Patients, their families and loved ones should coordinate their visits to ensure that no more than two people are on-site at any one time 

Maternity, Antenatal and Postnatal patients are permitted:

  • 1 support person who is also their labour support person
  • 1 additional person per day can visit during the maternity visiting hours 

Patients on the labour ward are permitted 1 support person, and there is no time limit on the length of the labour support person’s visit. 

Special Care Nursery and Cotton On Children's Ward

  • Visitors can be the 2 (two) parents OR 1 (one) parent and 1 (one) support person. An additional visitor is permitted during visiting hours, with no more than two persons at any time. The support person must be over the age of 18 years.

We know these restrictions can be challenging and we understand each family’s situation is different. As such, approval on compassionate grounds may be possible the purpose of:

  • caring for children
  • caring for those with a disability
  • support during labour
  • in specific emergency situations
  • visiting those in palliative care

PATIENTS – We will need to closely monitor any patients attending or admitted to Ballarat Health Services, who have visited a known COVID-19 exposure site

ACCESS

In order to keep our patients and others safe during this time of increased concern, we are asking members of our community to think carefully about your need to visit BHS sites.  If you do need to attend please note that:

  • Entry is only through the Gardiner Pittard foyer entrance via either Drummond Street or the hospital car park.
  • The Sturt Street entrance is only for BRICC oncology patients.
  • The Emergency Department entrance is only for Emergency Department patients.

Please continue to follow signs and directions regarding access as these continue to change.

PRE-REGISTER YOUR VISIT

Queen Elizabeth Centre

Queen Elizabeth Centre

VISITORS effective from 1 March 2021

Visiting is currently restricted.

  • A maximum of 2 visitors are permitted at any one time 
  • Visits must occur during the ward's visiting hours 
  • Visitors must be over 18 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult (eg 1 x adult, 1 x child)
  • Patients, their families and loved ones should coordinate their visits to ensure that no more than two people are on-site at any one time 

We know these restrictions can be challenging and we understand each family’s situation is different.

PATIENTS We will need to closely monitor any patients attending or admitted to Ballarat Health Services, who have visited a known COVID-19 exposure site

ACCESS In order to keep our patients and others safe during this time of increased concern, we are asking members of our community to think carefully about your need to visit BHS sites.  If you do need to attend please note that:

  • For Inpatient Rehabilitation go through the entrance on Eyre Street
  • For Gandarra and GEM please enter through their respective front entrances on Ascot Street
  • All other services are accessed via the Ascot Street main entrance.

Please continue to follow signs and directions regarding access as these continue to change.

PRE-REGISTER YOUR VISIT

Ballarat Aged Care

Ballarat Aged Care

VISITORS effective from 1 March 2021

Visiting is currently restricted to the following:

  • Visits will be limited to between 11am and 6pm, 7 days a week
  • All visits must be scheduled with the facility
  • A resident is permitted 2 visitors for 1 x visiting session per day
  • The visit is for a maximum of 60 minutes
  • The visitors must wear facility-supplied personal protective equipment, and practice hand hygiene upon entry
  • The visit is to occur in the resident's room, or a nominated area within and outside the facility
  • The visitors must remain at a safe 1.5metre physical distance from the person they are visiting, staff and any other residents within the facility
  • The visitors can bring food in the facility that is in a container that can be wiped clean and meets current BHS policies regarding food from outside facilities
  • Written evidence of flu vaccination will be required
  • Visitors will be asked to sign a written declaration agreeing to comply with the entry requirements

Please contact the facility to make a time to visit.

We know these restrictions can be challenging and we understand each person's situation is different. If you wish to discuss your individual circumstances further, please contact the facility Manager.

Please continue to follow signs and directions regarding access as these continue to change.

If you have any specific concerns regarding our response or any other issue, please email: residential@bhs.org.au or call 5320 3620.

Our facilities include:

  • Talbot Place
  • Eureka Village Hostel
  • Geoffrey Cutter Centre
  • Hailey House
  • Jack Lonsdale Lodge
  • James Thomas Court
  • Messer Hostel
  • Hobson Nursing Home
  • Bill Crawford Lodge
  • Steele Haughton
  • Transition Care Program (TCP)

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