Emergency marquee closed

Patients presenting to the Mount Gambier Hospital will no longer have to enter via the Emergency Department marquee.

A statement issued by the Limestone Coast Local Health Network said the tent closed late last week as part of the transition into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and usual service operations resume.

The health network spokesperson said patients presenting to the hospital would enter via a separate entrance and be screened in a separate part of the ED, in line with COVID-19 protocols to reduce transmission risk and ensure patient safety.

“After the screening, low risk patients will be directed to the ED while RATs will be provided to patients who are considered high risk,” the spokesperson said.

“Patients who then test positive to COVID-19 will be treated in a designated area according to their clinical needs and patients who test negative will be directed to the ED.

“Mt Gambier Hospital also has an Infectious Diseases Ward to provide care to COVID-positive patients requiring hospitalisation.”

The spokesperson thanked the community for cooperating and adhering to screening measures as they continue to deliver care to patients according to their clinical needs.

Face masks remain mandatory in all South Australian hospitals.

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