Overview

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Fitzroy has safeguards and precautions in place in line with advice from the Australian and State Government Department of Health.

We are closely monitoring, and proactively responding to the developments in Australia associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in conjunction with both the Australian Government authorities and local public health units.

This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. It is important to stay informed and get up-to-date advice from the DHHS 

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Information for patients

Before coming to hospital

Please contact your treating specialist via phone or email before coming to hospital, if: 

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine
  • You have returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries)
  • You have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • You have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting to receive the results (except for tests due to surveillance testing obligations)
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.


Prior to your admission -COVID Testing requirements (updated Jan 10th, 2022).

Current DHHS requirements for admission to Hospital require enhanced screening and testing, as we are a high risk setting.

All patients will be asked to undertake a Rapid Antigen test on arrival.  For any patient that obtains a positive Rapid Antigen Test result on arrival, they will be advised to go home and isolate, and to report their Rapid Antigen Test result to Reporting your result | Coronavirus Victoria

Maternity patients will have followed testing requirements as advised by our Maternity team.

It is important that prior to your arrival to Hospital you ensure you read the following information:


Prior to arrival to the Hospital:

We recommend you arrive earlier than planned to allow at least 20 minutes for the COVID screening process, which is a requirement for all who enter.  The COVID screening process will follow these steps:

  1. Prior to entry, you are required to complete an online screening form which asks a series of questions.  You may access the online form here or scan the QR code using your mobile device when you arrive at the hospital entrance. We recommend you complete this online form prior to arrival (must be done the same day of admission or visit).  If you have any issues our Concierge team will be able to assist you.
  2. After completing the form, present the completed screen on your mobile phone and say your name to the St Vincent’s Concierge Staff at the welcome desk. 
  3. Listen carefully to St Vincent’s Staff and follow their directions. You will undergo a temperature check via a thermal camera prior to entry.  
  4. You will need to wear the Hospital supplied surgical mask and then be directed to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival before your admission can take place.  Once the test is performed, it will take 15 minutes to process the result.

Information for maternity patients

All maternity patients will be screened utilising the Covid-19 screening questions prior to admission. If the patient is symptomatic or answers yes to the Covid-19 screening questions (positive screen), a Covid-19 test (swab) will also be required.

To minimise the risk of COVID-19 to our maternity patients and their bubs we ask that partners OR support persons do not attend if they are experiencing at least one of the following symptoms and/or you have been overseas, or in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19: Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or wheezing, breathing difficulties.

This decision has been made based on the most recent information provided by the Department of Health and Human Services around COVID-19. We will continue to provide updates and notify our SVPHM community when this precautionary measure changes. 

Mother and newborn baby

Maternity Tours and Education Classes

In response to the changing COVID-19 situation, for the safety of our patients and staff, we have taken the decision to postpone our group maternity tours and classes.

Our maternity units are in the process of changing the way Childbirth Education classes are offered to our expectant parents during the COVID-19 situation. At this present moment, our Childbirth Education Classes have been made available online through a series of videos. If you are an expectant parent of St Vincent's Private Hospital Fitzroy, you will receive an email with information on how to access this material.    

Important Information for visitors

Due to the current outbreak and in line with the DHHS directives our Hospital Visitor Restrictions have been updated. 

Effective 10th January 2022 until further notice:

No Hospital Visitors are permitted.
Exceptions Apply as below (exemption requests are made directly to the Hospital and are assessed on a case by case basis).

Visitor Exceptions Include:

  • the parent, guardian or temporary carer of a patient aged under 18 years.
  • providing essential wellbeing support (including mental health support and support for people living with dementia).
  • a Nominated Person of a patient who is in hospital to receive care for a mental illness as defined under the Mental Health Act.
  • providing interpreter language support.
  • learning to support a patient’s care once they are discharged from hospital. 
  • the carer of a patient with a disability.
  • providing support to a patient whose medical condition is life threatening. 
  • providing end-of-life support for a patient.
  • accompanying a patient to an outpatient appointment (if unable to use telehealth)  **please check requirements with your Specialists Rooms
  • the partner or support person of a pregnant woman, whose status as a patient relates to their pregnancy. 

Conditions for permitted visitors apply:

  • As per the DHHS all visitors are advised to have two doses/booster COVID19 vaccinations (in any exemption that a visitor does not have vaccination an N95 mask would need to be worn).
  • Visitors may be required to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival (particularly if no evidence of two vaccinations).
  • All visitors must register using the QR online COVID screening questions
  • Do not attend if unwell
  • Wear a Hospital supplied face mask at all times
  • Maintain physical distancing 
  • Hand hygiene on entering Hospital and Patient rooms
  • Where exempt visitors have been permitted, there are no more than two visitors permitted at any one time

You cannot visit the hospital, if:  

  • You are unwell
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine and have not completed your quarantine or are asymptomatic
  • You have returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries) and have not completed isolation requirements and testing guidelines
  • You have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days and have not completed a negative test and isolation requirements
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue

We understand that the Visitor restrictions are very challenging, and we are here to provide support for our patients and families during this time.  

For further information or questions please speak to our staff for assistance

Fitzroy (03) 9411 7111

East Melbourne (03) 9928 6555

Kew (03) 9851 8888

Werribee (03) 9218 8000


All patients and visitors must complete our COVID-19 screening form

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Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the current outbreak and in line with the DHHS directives our Hospital Visitor Restrictions have been updated. 
Effective 10th January 2022 until further notice:
No Hospital Visitors are permitted.
Exceptions Apply, any exemptions requests are made directly to the Hospital on a case by case basis.
Conditions for permitted visitors apply:

  • All visitors are strongly encouraged to have two doses/booster COVID19 vaccinations
  • Visitors may be required to undertake a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival (particularly if no evidence of two vaccinations).
  • All visitors must register using the QR online COVID screening questions
  • Do not attend if unwell
  • Wear a Hospital supplied face mask at all times
  • Maintain physical distancing 
  • Hand hygiene on entering Hospital and Patient rooms
  • Where exempt visitors have been permitted, there are no more than two visitors permitted at any one time
You cannot visit the hospital if:
  • You are unwell
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine and have not completed your quarantine or are asymptomatic
  • You have returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries) and have not completed isolation requirements and testing guidelines
  • You have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days and have not completed a negative test and isolation requirements
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue
Yes. Everyone must practise social distancing outside of direct patient care. This means keeping 1.5m from others at all times unless you are a health professional providing direct patient care.
All visitors will need to wear Hospital supplied mask, follow infection control measures and practice social distancing.
The Victorian Government has updated the rules around visiting hospitals. If you don’t comply, you may receive fines of up to $1,652 for adults for:
  • refusing or failing to comply with the emergency directions
  • refusing or failing to comply with a public health risk power direction
No. Visitors are only allowed during the designated visitor hours.
Please discuss this with the Nurse Unit Manager or Hospital Nurse Coordinator.
Yes. A person under the age of 16 may visit a hospital patient, but that person will need to meet all the other requirements for visitors.
Yes – in circumstances where you are unable to use telehealth, you may attend an outpatient appointment at the Hospital.  We would recommend coming alone if possible (you may use video calls in your appointment to your family, or where absolutely necessary one support person only may be in attendance).
No. You may locate your nearest Testing and Fever Clinic here.
No. You will need to wait until you have a negative COVID-19 test result and be symptom free to visit a patient in hospital.
Patients
Please allow at least 20 minutes for the screening on arrival to take place. 
Prior to being admitted,  all patient will be asked to undertake a Rapid Antigen test on arrival. Please see our screening Concierge staff who will give you directions when you arrive.  Please do not eat or drink prior to your test. Once you have completed the test, results take 15 minutes to process.

For any patient that obtains a positive Rapid Antigen Test result on arrival, they will be advised to go home and isolate, and to report their Rapid Antigen Test result to Reporting your result | Coronavirus Victoria or phone 1300 651 160.  For further advice on managing COVID-19 at home click here


Visitors
Prior to entry, you will be required to complete an online screening form and undergo a temperature check. You will also be asked to provide evidence of your vaccination (two doses) and be given directions regarding wearing a Hospital supplied mask.  Once you pass the screening process, you will be given entry to the hospital.
All visitors must complete an online form. This form asks a series of screening questions. This is an additional safeguard in place to help protect the safety of patients and hospital staff from COVID-19.
All entrants must undergo temperature screening prior to entry to the hospital. A thermal camera will scan your temperature. This is an additional safeguard in place to help protect the safety of patients and hospital staff from COVID-19. 
Yes. All visitors must complete an online form when they visit the hospital. This means a visitor must complete a new form every new day they visit.
Yes. All visitors must complete an online form when they visit the hospital.