Find information and resources for Victorian hospitals and health services to plan their response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Physical distancing in the workplace and with colleagues

How can we best implement physical distancing in the consultation setting, including practices with small consultation rooms?

Physical distancing is to be practised within clinics and wards, between staff and patients, and between staff and staff. This includes:

  • Waiting room chairs separated by at least 1.5 metres.
  • Direct interactions between staff conducted at a distance.
  • Staff and patients to remain at least 1.5 metres apart with the exception of clinical examinations and procedures.
  • Use droplet and contact precautions (gown, gloves, eye protection and single-use face mask) when assessing a patient with respiratory symptoms in a community setting, see Advice for clinicians within the Coronavirus: Case and contact management guidelines for health services and general practitioners (Word)

Restrictions on hospital visitors and workers

There are now restrictions on who can visit - or work at - a Victorian hospital

This is to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) into hospitals by people who may pose a risk and do not have an important reason to be there.

What restrictions will be placed on visits?

For the latest restrictions on hospital visits, go to Visiting hospitals in Victoria - current restrictions.

Who is not allowed to visit a hospital?

You must not enter any hospital if you:

  • Are awaiting a coronavirus (COVID-19) test result (unless granted exemption under exceptional circumstances).
  • Are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, fever or loss or change in sense of smell or taste.
  • Have a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees.
  • Arrived in Australia within the last 14 days.
  • Have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) and have not yet been given clearance from self-isolation.
  • Have had known contact in the past 14 days with a person who was a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Only in exceptional circumstances can a hospital allow a person to visit a hospital if they are a known contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19), or a returned overseas traveller in mandatory quarantine, or have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19). Exceptions can only be authorised by senior hospital staff and, in some instances, must also be approved by the Chief Health Officer / Deputy Chief Health Officer due to the risks involved. Strict conditions may apply to these visits. Please discuss this with hospital staff.

Visitors must wear a face covering mask.