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Patient and Visitor

COVID-19 Information

Our priority is the safety of our patients, visitors, staff and community. Please read through the current testing and screening requirements before coming to Bethesda.

As at Friday 4 November 2022

Do you have COVID-19?

We ask you do not enter the hospital if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 days and until symptoms resolve. Close contacts are also not permitted to enter the hospital until 7 days have passed from contact with the positive case. Please contact your doctors rooms if this affects your surgery or appointment. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our most vulnerable safe.

Do you have COVID-19 Symptoms?

Please do not visit the hospital if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell or taste.

Visitors and Visiting Hours.

Visitors are permitted at Bethesda during visiting hours. We do ask that visitors respect physical distancing in patient rooms. Visitors must be asymptomatic and are encouraged to wear a mask to help protect the vulnerable

Riviera Surgical Ward – 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Palliative Care Unit – 10:00am to 8:00pm
Day Procedure Unit – No visitors

Exemptions will be permitted on a case-by-case basis and require approval managed through Infection Prevention and the wards.

Face Masks.

Although no longer mandatory, in order to help protect our vulnerable patients (your loved ones) it is strongly recommended that you continue to wear a face mask when visiting the hospital.

Rapid Antigen Testing for Patients.

Patients who have no COVID-19 like symptoms (asymptomatic) and are attending the hospital for scheduled surgery are no longer required to complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

Patients who are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms (symptomatic) are required to complete a RAT no more than three hours prior to admission. We ask any symptomatic patients contact the hospital to make us aware of your symptoms, even if your RAT is negative, prior to presenting for admission.

If you are symptomatic and produce a POSITIVE test result, you will need to contact the hospital and your surgeons’ rooms to reschedule your surgery where it is safe to do so.

Due to the vulnerable nature of the ward, palliative care patients will continue to be tested every 72 hours.

Staff Vaccinations Against COVID-19.

Currently, all those who work or volunteer at Bethesda are fully vaccinated. We are now at 100% third dose staff population. Bethesda are strong advocates for the vaccine being the best way to protect our patients, visitors and the community against COVID-19.