Children under 16 and up to two people from one household will be allowed to visit patients at Ballarat Health Services from today (Wednesday) – but with strict conditions.

Everyone entering the Base Hospital or another BHS site must wear a mask, have their temperature checked, register their details, and answer standard screening questions.

“Visitor restrictions are an integral part of Ballarat Health Services’ response to COVID19, and are in place to protect those most vulnerable in our community,” Chief Executive Dale Fraser said.

“We’re proud to amend our visitor restrictions, as we know that visitors have a very beneficial impact on our patients, residents and clients.

“That said, we are also working to ensure that visits are undertaken in a COVID-safe way, so that we can continue to protect those who are most vulnerable.”

Patients in general wards at the Ballarat Base Hospital – and the Queen Elizabeth Centre – are permitted one visiting session a day, of up to two people from a single household, for up to two hours.

But for Ballarat Aged Care residents the maximum length of visit will be one hour – and it must be booked in advance.

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Under changes to Health and Human Services guidelines, pregnant women will now be able to have one partner or support person accompany them to pre-natal appointments or scans.

“While COVID-19 is not currently active in our region, there is a constant underlying risk of transmission, so we must all remain vigilant and continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” Mr Fraser said.

“Testing continues to be the most important thing that we can do to combat the spread of COVID-19, so if you have even the slightest of symptoms please book in for a test and self-isolate until you get your results.”

In Ballarat, appointments can be made at the UFS Lucas clinic (pictured) on 4311 1571.

You can also get tested for COVID19 at the drive-through clinic at Djerriwarrh Health in Barries Rd, Melton.

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