COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Information and Latest Updates

At Montserrat Day Hospitals your safety is our top priority and we are committed to delivering high-quality health care locally in a safe environment. We are closely monitoring and proactively responding to the developments in Australia associated with COVID-19 and implementing guidelines recommended by the Australian Government and the Department of Health.

We would like to reassure all patients visiting a Montserrat Hospital that we have strong COVID-19 management plans in place across our facilities to protect patients, our staff and visitors to minimise the risk of any infection.  

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COVID-19 Safety Measures

Visiting Patients

If you are not feeling well with any cold or flu-like symptoms or have any questions about your upcoming procedure or treatment, please contact your doctor and relevant Montserrat Day Hospital.

On arrival please:

  • Check in upon entry to the hospital with the COVID Safe App
  • Show proof of check-in 
  • Wear a mask 

Please contact the relevant hospital and your doctor before your scheduled appointment if you have any of the following as your surgery may need to be deferred:

  • Displaying any COVID-19 symptoms
  • A confirmed close contact
  • Quarantined as a confirmed COVID positive case
  • Awaiting a COVID-19 test result

Contact Tracing and Exposure Sites

For the latest contact tracing and exposure sites please click on your relevant State below:

COVID-19 Information for Montserrat Day Hospital Patients

The circumstances surrounding COVID-19 are constantly evolving as are the directions and rules imposed by each State Government – these change sometimes daily.

Whilst we keep this information as up-to-date as possible, please understand there may at times be short-term discrepancies if a new update is released, yet our website does not immediately reflect this change.

It is highly recommended if you are attending a Montserrat Day Hospital or Haematology and Oncology Clinic that you contact either your treating doctor or the hospital’s helpful staff to confirm specific requirements surrounding COVID-19.

To all our patients and visitors, thank you for your understanding.

Montserrat Day Hospitals in Queensland continue to perform elective surgery across all categories for patients.

Prior to admission:

  • All patients will undergo a COVID-19 risk assessment with our staff
  • All patients will need to advise their vaccination status

When a PCR test is required:

  • As per QLD State Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 symptoms or close contact rules. Learn more here
  • If you require a PCR test, please talk to your doctor about deferring your hospital admission until you have a negative result and are feeling better.

When a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Is required:

  • All unvaccinated patients must complete a negative RAT test less than 72 hours before admission to hospital
  • Any vaccinated patient who is symptomatic must complete a RAT test and contact their doctor or hospital with the result prior to admission
  • Patients undergoing high-risk aerosol procedures may need to complete a RAT test. This will be discussed with your doctor or by the hospital during your preadmission consult, depending on the outcome of your COVID 19 preadmission risk assessment.

Important Note: The aforementioned PCR/RAT Testing Protocols are subject to change.

Mask Wearing

It is recommended patients wear masks if tolerated, when outside their hospital rooms. Patients should also wear masks when staff are in attendance in their room. Patients under the age of 12 years are not required to wear a mask.

Patients at Montserrat Haematology and Oncology Clinics:

  • Asymptomatic patients attending one of our oncology clinics will not be required to have a PCR or RAT test at this time. Risk assessment and screening of these patients will continue to be ongoing.

Patient Visitors

Visitors must be vaccinated and limited to one person per patient. We encourage relatives/carers waiting for patients to stay outdoors and off site until the patient is ready for discharge as we manage the number of visitors and patients we have on-site. Exceptions to this rule are children under 18 years of age or a patient with a disability.

A decision has been made by the NSW Government to restrict elective surgery across NSW State’s public and private hospitals. From the 10th January 2022 Category 1 and Urgent Category 2 surgery is allowed to be performed:

  • Category 1 – Needing treatment within 30 days. Has the potential to deteriorate quickly to the point where the patient’s situation may become an emergency

  • Category 2 – Needing treatment within 90 days. Their condition causes pain, dysfunction or disability. Unlikely to deteriorate quickly and unlikely to become an emergency

  • Category 3 – Needing treatment at some point in the next year. Their condition causes pain, dysfunction or disability. Unlikely to deteriorate quickly.

The direction from the NSW government is for private day hospitals to continue providing medical care to Category 1 and urgent Category 2 patients. Every patient waiting for elective surgery is assessed by their treating medical professional as Category 1, 2 or 3. Patients whose medical condition changes are encouraged to seek medical advice via their treating doctor for reassessment.

Prior to admission:

  • All patients will undergo a COVID-19 risk assessment with our staff
  • All patients will need to advise their vaccination status

When a PCR test is required:

  • As per NSW State Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 symptoms or close contact rules. Learn more here.
  • If you require a PCR test, please talk to your doctor about deferring your hospital admission until you have a negative result and are feeling better.

When a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) Is required:

  • All unvaccinated patients must complete a negative RAT test less than 72 hours before admission
  • Any vaccinated patient who is symptomatic must complete a RAT test and contact their doctor or hospital with the result prior to admission
  • Patients undergoing high-risk aerosol procedures may need to complete a RAT test. This will be discussed with your doctor or by the hospital during your preadmission consult, depending on the outcome of your COVID 19 preadmission risk assessment.

Important Note: The aforementioned PCR/RAT Testing Protocols are subject to change.

Patient Visitors

Visitors must be vaccinated and limited to one person accompanying a patient. We encourage relatives/carers waiting for patients to remain outdoors and off site until the patient is ready for discharge to maintain social distancing and reduce the number of visitors and patients we have on-site. Exceptions to this rule are for children under 18 years of age or a patient with a disability.

Outside of hospital rooms, patients should wear Level one surgical masks. Patients under the age of 12 years are not required to wear a mask.

  • Visitors must use the SafeWA app/QR code or manual registers when visiting the hospital
  • Hand hygiene and social distancing guidelines must apply.

Need More Information?

If you require more information please visit The Australian Government Department of Health’s website or phone the National public health information line below:

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