If it’s not on, it’s not on.
All facilities across the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) require staff, patients and visitors to wear face masks to enter our Hospitals and Multi-purpose Services.
WNSWLHD Chief Executive Scott McLachlan said, “We are urging the community to be prepared and to bring their own mask when they come to our health services.
“This is an increased infection control measure to reduce the risk of the community transmission of COVID-19.
“All visitors are required to wear a mask if they are coming into a health facility for any reason. If they are already wearing a cloth or surgical mask, they can continue to wear this. A mask will be provided during wellness screening when you enter the hospital if you don’t have a mask already.
“All health services will have posters on display, to assist visitors use their masks correctly.
“If visitors have underlying health issues that they believe might prevent them from wearing a mask, they should contact their local health service before they visit to get advice.
“In addition to visitors wearing a mask, all staff caring for or working within 1.5 meters of any patient will also be required to wear surgical masks.
“Where possible, patients coming to a health service will be required to wear a mask and those patients already in hospital will be required to wear a mask outside their clinical area/ward.
“At this stage, children 12 years old and under are not required to wear a mask if they do not have any symptoms.
“We still need everyone to continue to practice physical distancing and hand washing/sanitising.
“The safety or our staff, patients and visitors is our priority and all visitors and staff must pass all applicable screening processes in place including temperature checking at all entrances to the facility.
“Visitors to any of our hospitals or health services should check in advance to make sure they know and understand the rules at that time, and follow the directions of staff.
“If you are unwell do not visit. If you have even the mildest cough, fever, runny nose or difficulty breathing, please visit one of our COVID-19 clinics or call your doctor.” said Mr McLachlan.
For more information about COVID-19 please call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 088 or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.