COVID-19 Information for WCHN Staff
This page provides staff of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network with the latest information and updates about our response to COVID-19.
The information is reviewed and updated regularly. Please avoid printing or circulating hardcopies as they may become out of date.
All WCHN, Spotless or Statewide Clinical Support Services staff must report a positive COVID-19 test, COVID-like symptoms or details of being a close contact to a person who has tested positive.
If you have been identified as a close contact or have contracted COVID-19:
- Follow any advice from SA Health for isolation, testing and quarantine
- Complete the WCHN Staff Exposure Form (accessible off-Network)
- Within 24 hours after submitting your form, the Staff Exemption, Furloughing and Contract Tracing Service, known as the COVID Response Team will make contact with you and follow up on your submission. They will also book a PCR test (if required) at the WCHN Staff COVID-19 PCR Testing Service and provide further direction.
Staff Exemption, Furloughing and Contact Tracing Service is also contactable via 0434 958 404 or speed dial 50641 (if calling within the hospital).
Close Contact Direction
As of 3 January 2022, the Emergency Management (Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2022 came into effect.
This includes the definition for people who are close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case has been changed to include:
- a household member or intimate partner of a COVID-19 case during their infectious period
- someone who has had close personal interaction with a COVID-19 case during their infectious period:
- for 15 minutes or more and
- where masks are not worn and
- in close physical proximity and
- in an indoor setting
- someone who has been notified by SA Health that they are a close contact
- someone who has been in a high COVID-19 transmission area.
For more information on what to do if you are deemed to be a close contact, visit this page of the SA Health website.
WCHN has a strong focus on preventing the transmission of COVID-19 to ensure our hospital is as safe as possible for our patients and staff. This includes our early adoption of using N95 masks and goggles, hand hygiene practices, limiting the use of tea rooms and reducing foot traffic to our sites.
WCHN now provide access to a voluntary RAT (Rapid Antigen Tests) program for clinical staff providing direct face to face care to consumers/patients.
It’s important to remember that surveillance should not replace the infection control measures that we have been and will continue to use, including masks, goggles, social distancing and hand hygiene practices.
- Staff in clinical areas providing direct face to face patient care – voluntary
- When: Daily before you come to work
- Supplies: Level 1 Boylan Ward, WCH
- Staff at community sites who provide direct face to face care to consumers – voluntary
- When: Daily before face to face contact with a patient
- Supplies: Identify with Line Manager if you wish to be involved in the WCHN Voluntary RAT Program.
Line Manager to supply RAT Tests.
- Staff in non-clinical areas
- When: Not applicable
- Supplies: Not applicable
Voluntary staff surveillance RAT testing program
If you are a clinical staff member, with direct face to face contact with consumers/patients, you can choose to be part of the voluntary RAT testing program. To be involved, please:
- inform your line manager
- scan the QR code on the WCH staff or Community staff poster and complete the form
The information captured from the QR code will assist us with data collection and the monitoring of RAT supply, etc.
Once completed, hospital staff can collect 3 RAT tests from level 1, Boylan Ward between Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm.
Community staff can collect their RAT tests from their line manager.
Please note that only 3 working days' supply will be given to staff at any one time. Staff will be required to take a RAT test every working day prior to the shift commencing.
If you return a COVID-19 positive result, you will need to:
- isolate as per SA Health testing, isolating and quarantine requirements
- inform your line manager
- follow the process outlined in COVID exposure reporting, including completing the WCHN Staff Exposure Form.
For community services staff:
- follow the above 3 steps and the local requirements of your site (e.g. School Setting - testing, isolating and quarantine requirements).
Under the Emergency Management (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2022 all people working in healthcare settings must receive a booster of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
This means all WCHN staff must have had, or have evidence of a booking to have, a booster dose within four weeks of becoming eligible.
People aged 18 years and over are eligible to receive the booster dose four months after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Staff are required to provide proof of their vaccination status to their Line Manager.
A number of wellbeing resources are available for staff on the WCHN COVID-19 SharePoint site.
Working from home and ICT links
WCHN staff who have a valid HAD logon (email address and password) can access their work emails through an internet browser via the Outlook Web Access (OWA) email interface.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Microsoft 365 is required when working remotely on a personal device but not connected via SA Health’s VPN.
For more information on using MFA with your device, see the following Information sheets.