St Andrew's Hospital COVID-19 Information for Patients and Visitors (last updated 8th May 2020)
We would like to assure all of our current and future patients, visitors and staff that we are following the recommendations and guidelines from SA Health and the Federal Government and some additional precautions to ensure everyone remains healthy in light of the COVID-19 situation.
These include the following:
- Patients on the wards may nominate one person to visit them, across the duration of their stay (it should be the same individual that visits each time, not a different person each time);
- Patients in day procedure areas eg: day surgery or the day chemotherapy suite may only have a visitor enter the hospital for drop-off or pick-up;
- Visitors will be required to attend a screening station on the Ground Floor prior to entry;
- Contacting all patients by phone prior to admission to ensure that they do not meet the high risk criteria for COVID-19 (see below*). Patient temperature testing and additional screening also occurs on the day of admission;
- Screening everyone who will be working in the Hospital upon entry each day, including daily temperature checks.
We understand that some of these restrictions will be difficult for our patients, and we appreciate your cooperation in helping us to keep everyone healthy.
Your doctor will be able to advise you of the status of your upcoming planned procedure.
The Hospital is proactively encouraging all people in the community to follow the hygiene and social distance advice to further protect against Covid-19. Please refer to the SA Health information on handwashing and personal hygiene.
As this is an evolving situation, we will continue to keep you updated via our web site and Facebook. If you have any specific questions please feel free to contact Reception on (08) 8408 2111.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Information from the Australian Government Department of Health can be found via the links below:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Federal Government information for patients
- Federal Government information for visitors
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19:
- If you are severely unwell, such as having difficulty breathing, call 000 (Triple Zero).
*If you meet any of the following criteria you should be tested (as per SA Health, 30th April 2020):
- Fever OR history of fever or chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation* OR
- Acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose) OR
- Acute unexplained loss of smell or altered sense of taste OR
- Persons with new onset of other clinical symptoms compatible with COVID-19 (headache, myalgia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea) AND who are close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19; or who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days.
NOTE: A close contact is someone who has had more than 15 minutes of face to face contact, or has spent more than 2 hours in a room with a confirmed COVID case without appropriate PPE
Options for patients to access testing (as per SA Health, 30th April 2020):
Information about COVID-19 and Testing Centres
Metropolitan and regional COVID-19 clinics are available across South Australia.
If you meet the criteria for testing for COVID-19, you do not need a referral to visit a dedicated COVID-19 clinic.
You will require a ‘specimen collection request form’ from your GP to access drive-through and home testing services.
Further information regarding these services can be found on the S.A. Health website via the links below: