Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network response to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network is working closely with the rest of SA Health and the Commonwealth Government to implement a range of measures in response to COVID-19, to prevent the spread of the disease in our community and protect the health and wellbeing of all South Australians.

COVID-19 clinics and testing centres in the Barossa Hills Fleurieu region are located at:

  • Gawler Health Service
  • Kangaroo Island Health Service
  • Mount Barker Hospital
  • South Coast District Hospital

The Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network has temporarily closed some of its accident and emergency services, where they are co-located with aged care facilities, to decrease the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and protect aged care residents in the Barossa Hills Fleurieu region.

This is a proactive approach that is based on recent advice from the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Health Protection Principal Committee about how to best care for the elderly and individuals with co-morbidities or low immunity.

The temporary closure will apply to accident and emergency services at:

  • Gumeracha District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital
  • Strathalbyn and District Health Service
  • Kapunda Hospital
  • Eudunda Hospital
  • Mount Pleasant District Hospital

In addition to protecting aged care residents, this temporary closure will also assist with the isolation of existing patients, as well as long-stay, stable patients who will be transferred to these sites from metropolitan hospitals, following a thorough screening process.

Kapunda Hospital will continue its obstetrics service, and both Kapunda Hospital and Strathalbyn and District Health Service will continue urgent elective surgery, with strict pre-screening in place for patients prior to arrival.

Services to the people living in these aged care facilities will continue as planned and in accordance with the advice given by the Commonwealth Department of Health. General practitioners will continue to attend patients in the hospital and aged care residents, as required.

Members of the public needing to access accident and emergency services in these areas can go to:

  • Gawler Health Service
  • Tanunda War Memorial Hospital
  • Angaston District Hospital
  • Modbury Hospital
  • Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

Members of the public requiring non-emergency medical attention should go to their local GP, dentist or pharmacy according to their presenting condition.

In an absolute medical emergency, call 000.

In a mental health emergency, call 13 14 65.

For other information and updates on COVID-19:

Restricted visitor access

BHFLHN has applied restricted access to all of our acute and residential aged care facilities.  Public access to the facilities are no longer open to all.

Patient and resident visitors:

  • On any given day there can only be one visitor per patient or resident, attending for one visit of no more than 30 minutes.
  • Visiting times will be between 12 and 1pm and 7 and 8pm. No visiting will be permitted outside of these hours except if the patient or resident is receiving palliative care services, when special arrangements will be made.
  • The entrances will be staffed by nurses who will check that the visitor is one of the two people nominated by the patient or resident.
  • When presenting at an entrance all visitors will screened against the following criteria and their temperature will be checked.

Visitors are not permitted if they have:

  • returned from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • returned from another state or territory in the last 14 days.
  • been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • have a fever or symptoms of a respiratory infection such as a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.
  • show an elevated temperature reading on the day.
  • are under 16, except in exceptional circumstances.
  • if they are not on the previously approved list of visitors.
  • Once access has been granted, visitors will be provided with information and asked to go straight to the ward location or room.  On arrival they will be required to wash their hands and practice physical distancing for the 30-minute visit.