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Temporary restrictions on visitor access to WNSWLHD facilities

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17 December 2021

​Due to increasing transmission of COVID-19 and the emergence of the Omicron variant around the state, further visitor restrictions have been put in place in all NSW health facilities, including hospitals and Multipurpose Services (MPS) across the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD).

Visitors to hospital patients will be permitted only in some circumstances for essential patient needs and compassionate reasons, which may include supporting women in labour, providing care for children in hospital and for patients receiving palliative care.

Any visits will be considered based on a risk assessment and in response to individual patient needs and circumstances. WNSWLHD may allow exemptions to restrictions based on compassionate grounds and on a case-by-case basis.

Any visitors who are permitted to enter healthcare facilities must:

  • Be fully vaccinated and carry proof of vaccination, or medical exemption.
  • Correctly wear a mask on entry and throughout the duration of the visit.
  • Follow any and all guidance from healthcare staff.

Restrictions to visitor access have also been put in place for aged care residents at MPS facilities and Residential Aged-Care Facilities (RACF) across the state, including those in WNSWLHD.

No more than one visitor per visit will be permitted at MPS’ and RACFs’. All residents receiving visitors must be vaccinated and no children under 12 will be permitted entry.

Any visitors who are permitted to enter must:

  • Be fully vaccinated and show evidence on entry.
  • Correctly wear a mask on entry and throughout duration of the visit.
  • Follow any and all guidance from healthcare staff.
  • Visit on their own.
  • Avoid communal gatherings between multiple residents and visitors.

These decisions have not been made lightly, however we must always prioritise our vulnerable patients and staff who are arguably the most vital workers needed in a pandemic.

As such, health settings more than any other setting in the community necessitate added caution given the impact transmission events can have on our staff and patients.

Anyone with concerns around visiting a facility is asked to contact their relevant facility for more information. In all circumstances, we encourage patience when corresponding with our staff. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and update advice for visitors accordingly.