COVID-19 restrictions protecting most vulnerable

COVID-19 restrictions remain in place at West Moreton Health to protect the community’s most vulnerable.

Chief Operating Officer Cang Dang is reminding visitors and anyone attending a planned care appointment that the recent end to isolation requirements in Queensland do not apply to vulnerable settings.

“Wherever COVID-19 exists, the risk of transmission remains, which is why restrictions in high-risk settings like our hospitals and other facilities have not changed,” Mr Dang said.

Visitors and those attending non-urgent planned care appointments cannot attend a West Moreton Health facility if they:

  • have COVID-19 symptoms
  • have had COVID-19 in the past seven days
  • are a close contact, and it has been five days or fewer since the diagnosed person tested positive
  • have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting a result.

Exemptions may be granted to visitors on compassionate grounds or if the applicant is supporting a woman during childbirth, and to those requiring urgent planned care. Applications should be made prior to arrival.

West Moreton Health staff will continue to isolate if they have COVID-19, and masks are still required for staff and visitors.

Mr Dang said COVID-19 continued to be a significant illness, despite the change to isolation requirements in the community.

“Preventing the spread of COVID-19 among our workforce and those accessing critical health care is as important as ever,” Mr Dang said.

“There has been no change to the risk of serious illness and even death to the most vulnerable people in our communities if they contract COVID-19.

“That is why it is critical everyone in the community respects our visitor policy and continues to get tested if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home if they are unwell, and always practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette.”

West Moreton Health emergency departments are open to anyone seeking urgent medical attention, including those who have tested positive to COVID-19.

More information:

Visitor policy: Visiting hospitals and facilities | West Moreton Health
Testing: Need to get COVID-19 tested? | West Moreton Health