Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information for Community

       

 

       Information for Community (No. 26)  - 10 September 2021

Beaufort and Skipton Health Service would like to take this opportunity to update you on our ongoing response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to protect our vulnerable residents, patients and the community. 

The Victorian Government announced easing of the recent COVID lockdown restrictions in regional Victoria as of 10 September.  Whilst this is great news for the community, we are unfortunately unable to ease our visitor restrictions as yet.  Our visitor limitations are unchanged and restrictions still apply across all of our acute and aged care residential sites.

Restrictions are in place for visitors to all of our residential and acute care facilities. 

  • No visitors are currently allowed into our facilities. 
  • We encourage residents not to leave the facility.
  • All events and group activities are now suspended until further notice.

We are able to allow restricted visits to some residents for limited reasons:

  • visiting a resident with a life-threatening condition or for end-of-life purposes
  • for providing care and support for the resident’s physical or emotional wellbeing
  • as a nominated person of a resident who is living with dementia

Please contact the manager of each facility to discuss if you are able to obtain an exemption.

  • Residents are permitted to leave the facility with family and friends, provided they comply with current restrictions in Victoria and only visit public places
    • physical distancing (maintaining 1.5m distance from others)
    • wearing a fitted face mask at all times unless they are consuming food or drink
    • comply with the limits on private and public gathering
    • not seeing people they know are unwell
    • not visiting people who are in quarantine or isolation.
    • not visiting any private houses

 

COVID-19 testing

If you have been notified by the Public Health Units Contract Tracers and requested to undergo a COVID-19 test, these are available at both our Beaufort and Skipton campuses via appointment.     To make an appointment please call Beaufort (5349 1601) and Skipton (5340 1101).   

Priority for Testing will be given to members of the Beaufort and Skipton communities.

For more information on testing please refer to the following link: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations

We encourage eligible members of the community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

  • People aged between 16-59 years of age are now eligible for Pfizer vaccinations. 
  • People aged 60+ years remain eligible for AstraZeneca vaccinations.

We are running vaccination clinics at both the Beaufort and Skipton campus, by appointment only.

Please contact Beaufort on 5349 1612 or Skipton in 5340 1101

Vaccinations are also available through the Grampians Public Health Unit mass vaccination clinic at the Mecure Lodge, Main Road, Ballarat.    

For more information or to make a booking please call 1800 675 398  or refer to the following link:       https://www.bhs.org.au/news-and-events/covid-19-information/vaccination/

 

For further information regarding COVID-19 updates or information regarding current exposure sites, please refer to the following link:     https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/covid-19-chief-health-officer-update

 

If you have any queries or concerns please email bshs@bshs.org.au

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