Information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated: Monday 28 September

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St Vincent's Fever Clinic

The St Vincent's COVID-19 Fever Clinic is open 8:00am - 8:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday to test patients with symptoms of COVID-19. You do not need a referral or call to make an appointment to attend the Fever Clinic.

Please note that St Vincent’s Fever Clinic does not offer ‘Fit to Fly’ COVID testing for commercials airline flights. If required, please see your General Practitioner for appropriate testing and documentation.

Who should get tested?

If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should seek advice and get tested.

Elective Surgery patients are required to be tested prior to surgery and will be notified by the elective surgery team.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms to watch out for are:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be considered.

To get further advice, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or your local doctor.

View our Fever Clinic Frequently Asked Questions

Current visitor restrictions

Fitzroy campus

  • One visitor per patient per day.
  • Maximum duration two hours.
  • Visiting hours from 3pm to 7pm.

St Vincent’s Hospital on the Park

  • One visitor per patient per day.
  • Maximum duration two hours.
  • Visiting hours from 3pm to 7pm.

St George’s, Kew

  • One visitor per patient per day.
  • Maximum duration two hours.
  • Visiting hours from 3pm to 7pm.

Residential Aged Care

  • One visitor per resident per day.
  • Maximum duration one hour.
  • Visiting hours from 10am to 7pm.

When entering the hospital, all visitors must:

  • have their temperature taken
  • wear a surgical mask for the duration of their visit
  • provide their name and contact number in the visitor log
  • present to reception desk on all levels and at all sites before entering any ward area; a staff member will meet visitors and escort them for the duration of their visit
  • wash their hands using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser after using lifts, holding railings and every time they enter and exit the patient’s room
  • limit the number of personal items they bring into the hospital
  • depart the ward when not at the bedside and limit movement around the hospital

Visitors will not be allowed entry if they have:

  • tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results, and have not met the criteria for discharge from isolation
  • arrived in Australia from overseas within the past 14 days
  • recently come into contact with a person who has a confirmed case of coronavirus
  • a temperature over 37.5 degrees or symptoms of acute respiratory infection


Special circumstances

The Nurse in Charge may approve essential visitors for the following special circumstances:

  • Compassionate grounds when a patient is at the end-of-life.
  • When there is a sudden deterioration in a patient’s condition.

If approved, the following will apply:

  • Maximum of one visitor with the patient at any one time.
  • Visitors who are not at the bedside must depart the ward.
  • Visiting hours are not restricted.
  • Any visitor allowed to visit a patient with known or suspected COVID-19 will need to wear the required personal protective equipment (PPE). Someone from the ward will meet the visitor at the ward entrance and escort the visitor for the duration of their visit.

 

For special circumstances, there are additional approvals needed if a person has:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, and has not been cleared from isolation.
  • Arrived in Australia from overseas within the past 14 days.
  • Had known contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • A temperature over 37.5 degrees or symptoms of acute respiratory infection.

If you have any concerns about special circumstances or need more information, please talk to the doctors or nurses caring for your family member or friend.

 

Exceptions  

These restrictions do not apply to carers or support persons for patients with a disability.

Carers includes people who are bringing a patient to the emergency department, attending an outpatient appointment or caring for a patient who is currently in hospital.

Like all our healthcare workers, carers and disability support workers need to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for a patient. St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne will provide the appropriate PPE and PPE training to ensure the safety of carers and disability support workers.

 

Information for patients


Please wear a surgical mask

From Thursday 23 July, all patients will be asked to wear a surgical mask at all times while in hospital. Wearing a face mask provides an additional physical barrier and helps to reduce community transmission.

This does not apply to residents in our Residential Aged Care Homes or patients receiving care in their own homes.

 

Patients who are immuno-suppressed or receiving active cancer treatment

Patients who are receiving biologics medication

Patients who are receiving immunosuppressive medication for a skin condition 

Dialysis patients, kidney transplant recipients and patients who are immuno-suppressed 

 

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