COVID-19 update from Warringal Private Hospital
1 October 2021
The hospital was notified on 26 September and 27 September that two staff members who were individually exposed to COVID-19 at two separate locations in the community had tested positive to the virus. Both of these individuals had received COVID-19 vaccinations.
As a result, in consultation with the public health unit and our national Clinical Governance Unit, we urgently undertook contact tracing of all close and casual contact in the hospital. All contacts were identified, including six staff members and 20 patients, who have all tested negative and are in isolation.
We have a comprehensive pandemic management plan in place which includes very rigorous measures to protect our patients and health care workers. This includes surveillance testing, screening, infection prevention and control processes and cleaning procedures. We are also restricting visitors and non-essential contractors and have increased use of PPE in some situations to protect patients and health care workers.
The Victorian Government has also announced it is introducing restrictions on elective surgery in all public and private metropolitan Melbourne hospitals from 1 October. This means the number of procedures at our hospital will be reduced. As was the case last year when elective surgery was reduced, we are ready and willing to assist with the state’s pandemic response.
The hospital will continue to provide updates to patients, staff and the community as more information becomes available. We thank you for your support during this time.