Private hospital shuts down to keep patients safe
A FRASER COAST hospital will close their doors to visitors from 11.59pm Friday 27 March to keep patients and staff safe.
St Stephen's Private Hospital Hervey Bay announced that from 11.59 pm Friday 27 March St Stephen's will be closed to visitors.
Only pre-approved, prearranged visitors will be allowed in the hospital.
These include one parent per paediatric patient, one carer per patient as appropriate (dementia, patients with disabilities etc), palliative care visitors, discharge planning by appointment, patients with appointments with specialists will be allowed entry, outpatient appointments for I-MED (eg X-ray and MRI) and Sullivan Nicolaides.
In a statement on their website the hospital said if you fall into the above categories and they have your next of kin details you do not need to call ahead for pre-approval.
The collection of patient belongings (i.e. clothes for washing) can be co-ordinated through the Ward and be available to pick up from the Main Entrance.
The delivery of clean clothes or a care pack can be made at the Main Entrance to the hospital.
The hospital said they understand this arrangement will cause some distress, however their dedicated teams are doing their best to keep everyone safe and well.
Uniting Care who run St Stephen's Hospital Hervey Bay have closed and are in the process closing some of their other Queensland hospitals.
Other closed hospitals to visitors include Buderim Private Hospital - Sunshine Coast and St Andrews War Memorial Hospital - Brisbane were closed last night 11.59pm
The Wesley Hospital - Brisbane is scheduled to close Sunday 11.59pm
Uniting Car Blue Care remain as normal with strict guidelines.
Some Lifeline stores have closed due to volunteers decisions there has been no mandate from Uniting Care.
Nursing Homes under the direction of Uniting Care remain open to visitors under strict guidelines that have been in place for several weeks.
Uniting Care are continuing to monitor and evaluate all of their facilities and will act as required to ensure the highest standards of safety for patients and staff.