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

Hospital visitors

From 6 August 2020, only one visitor per patient is allowed in SA Health emergency departments (accident and emergency services) and outpatient areas. This is to make sure physical distancing can be adhered to and reduce the number of people in waiting rooms.

Other visitors to our hospitals will notice that we have reinstated staff monitoring of entrances to assess visitors in regard to their health and travel status. Visiting is restricted to two visitors. We ask for your understanding and patience while we do our best to keep our patients, residents and staff safe.

We encourage all staff and community members to:

  • Maintain a 1.5m physical distance wherever possible.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if you’re unwell.
  • Wash hands often, wipe surfaces and cover coughs/sneezes.

Residential aged care visitors 

  • Children under the age of 16 years are now able to visit, provided that they have had their 2020 flu vaccination (babies under 6 months are exempt from the flu vaccination requirement).
  • Whilst care and support visits are generally limited to one visit per day, by up to two people, aged care facilities are now able to approve additional visits where this is appropriate or necessary. It should be noted that these visits may include family members or friends providing social support to a resident.
  • Visitors coming from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Tasmania or Queensland are now permitted to visit aged care facilities within 14 days of entering South Australia. Visitors coming from other states/territories are only permitted to visit within 14 days if they are providing end of life support to a resident (and are required to self-quarantine at all other times).

We will continue to screen all visitors on entry to the facility. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the facility if:

  • They have entered South Australia from any place other than the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Tasmania or Queensland in the last 14 days.
  • They have been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days unless adequate personal protective equipment was worn.
  • Visitors with a fever or symptoms of a respiratory illness.
  • They have not received the 2020 seasonal influenza vaccination, unless you have a medical contraindication to the influenza vaccine (you will need a letter from your doctor to confirm this) or if they are an infant aged 6 months or less.

We will continue to adhere to social distancing of 1.5 metres and visits are to be occur in resident’s rooms, outdoors or in a specific are designated by the aged care facility. Visits are to be kept to 2 hours in duration and may be only once a day of one or two persons visiting together, between the hours of 10am – 1pm and 5pm – 8pm. Visits should be planned and booked a day in advance, where possible, with the residential aged care facility.