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COVID-19
Information for the community – Updated 28 January 2022
Acknowledgement
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Traditional Custodians of Country throughout South Australia. We acknowledge and respect their ongoing and deep spiritual connection and relationship to land, air, sea, waters, community and country. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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 Please avoid printing or circulating hardcopies as they may become out of date.

COVID exposure reporting

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).

Outside of these hours, the Hospital After Hours Co-ordinator can be contacted on 8161 6558 or 0434 079 541 to manage staff queries or concerns.

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.

Staff testing

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:

For community services staff:

Staff vaccinations

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.

Staff wellbeing

A number of wellbeing resources are available for staff on the WCHN COVID-19 SharePoint site.

COVID-19 SharePoint site

Our dedicated COVID-19 SharePoint site is available to all WCHN staff with a valid HAD logon.

This comprehensive site is updated regularly with the latest information and resources relating to WCHN’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and can be accessed from external (non-network) devices.

Access it via the following link:

Please note: you may need to set up Multi-factor authentication (MFA) to use Microsoft 365 apps (including SharePoint) from a personal device.

Further instructions can be found below under “Working from home and ICT links”.

Outlook Web Access for emails

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 – Microsoft 365

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.

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