THE easing of some COVID-19 restrictions across the Bathurst region this week has also meant some easing of strict limits on visitors at Bathurst Hospital.
Western NSW Local Health District confirmed on Tuesday that most patients would now able to receive two visitors each day, provided the visitors were aged 12 or over, were double-vaccinated (with evidence of their vaccination status) and that masks were worn at all times while inside the hospital and throughout the visit.
"Exemptions may be considered in some circumstances for visitors who are not yet fully vaccinated," a spokesperson said.
"These circumstances may include patients in end of life care, maternity care, or children who require emergency care."
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Screening of visitors will still be undertaken and people must not visit Bathurst Hospital if they:
- Have been to case locations in NSW, interstate affected areas or New Zealand in the last 14 days.
- Have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Are a close contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 and are within their isolation period.
- Live in a household with a person who is currently isolating.
- Are waiting for a COVID-19 test result.
Aged care residents of in Multipurpose Service (MPS) facilities can now have two visitors per day provided those visitors are aged 12 or over and have received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days prior to their visit.
For more information on visits and activities related to aged care residents go to https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/racf-latest-advice.aspx.
Follow the directions of staff at all times, and conduct yourself in a COVID-safe way by wearing your mask at all times, wash and sanitise your hands, and maintain an appropriate distance between yourself and other people," the spokesperson said.
"If you have not been fully vaccinated and want to visit a patient or resident, contact your local health service by telephone to discuss whether the circumstances permit an exemption.
"All WNSWLHD services have a zero-tolerance policy for aggressive or inappropriate behaviour. Please respect our staff and the measures being taken to protect patients and residents."
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