PARENTS are being reminded not to delay medical treatment for their children, and to come to hospital immediately if they need urgent medical care.
Bathurst Paediatrician, Dr Tim McCrossin said it was completely understandable to feel anxious about catching COVID-19, but stressed our hospitals are safe places, with our experts ready to care for your kids when they need us most.
"If your child is unwell or injured, we're here to help. Don't delay, visit when you need us.
"Keeping you safe is our priority," he said.
Dr McCrossin said when people present at the Emergency Department at Bathurst Health Service, they can expect the hospital to look a little different then before.
"Our ED's are now split into 'hot' and 'cold' zones to make sure patients are separated based on their needs.
"Bathurst Health service now has a separate area for Paediatric ED cases and children are to be kept separate from adults, where possible.
"All children with respiratory issues are cared for in our 'hot' zones. This includes children with symptoms like a runny nose, temperature and cough.
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"Children experiencing all other health concerns are cared for in our 'cold' zones," he said.
Bathurst Hospital General Manager Cathy Marshall, said staff at Bathurst Base Hospital are committed to keeping everyone safe by following strict hygiene and social distancing practices.
"This includes making sure patients are separated by at least 1.5 metres, regular cleaning and hand washing between patients, and wearing masks and other protective equipment, when required. Like in the community, families are encouraged to practice social distancing at all times while in our ED's."
"No matter which zone you're in, your child will be safely and expertly cared for at all times," she said.
Ms Marshall said it was also important the number of people who visit the hospital is reduced to essential visitors only, to help prevent the spread of community-borne infections.