Merton Court latest visiting arrangements update

Merton Court latest visiting arrangements update

Merton Court has changed the conditions of entry for visitors as per the advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) about minimising the impact of COVID-19.

Restrictions on entry remain in place.  The following visitors and staff (including visiting workers) should NOT be permitted to enter:
  • Individuals who have NOT been vaccinated against influenza
  • Individuals who are unwell, particularly those with fever or acute respiratory infection (eg, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath) symptoms.
  • Individuals who have been in close contact with a confirmed case within the last 14 days.
  • Individuals who have returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
New recommendations for entry:
  • Children of all ages be permitted to enter - all visitors, including children, must adhere to restrictions on visitor numbers, social distancing and personal hygiene
  • Spouses or other close relatives or social supports are not limited in the number of hours that they spend with their spouse/relative
AHPPC recommends that Merton Court continue to implement measures to reduce the risk of transmission to residents, including:
  • limiting visits to a maximum of two visitors at any one time per resident
  • visit should be conducted in a resident's room, or an outdoor area, rather than communal areas with other residents
  • no large group visits should be permitted at this time, however gatherings of residents in communal or outdoor areas which adhere to social distancing and current jurisdictional requirements for gathering size may be permitted
  • screening visitors on their current health status upon entry to ensure unwell visitors do not enter the facility.
AHPPC recommends that external excursions for groups of residents not be permitted.  However, individuals and family members should be permitted to leave Merton Court to attend small family gatherings.
  • The size fo the family gathering should be in line with current jurisdictional advice and physical distancing and hygiene measures should be adhered to during the visit.
  • Merton Court should conduct a risk assessment for each visit, taking into account the local epidemiology, number of people attending and the feasibility of physical distancing.  Merton Court should maintain a record of the visit location, number of people in the gathering and the date of the visit.
In the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 or local cluster in the community, Merton Court should cease all external excursions.

The requirement for visitors to be vaccinated against influenza remains in place.
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