Update: Baptcare Hedley Sutton Community and Baptcare Westhaven Community

Posted: Friday  21 August 2020

Baptcare can confirm that there are currently two staff members of Baptcare Residential Aged Care Communities who have tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Hedley Sutton Residential Aged Care Community, located in Camberwell
  • Westhaven Residential Aged Care Community, located in Footscray

In all cases, the impacted staff members did not experience any symptoms before or during their last shift at our communities.

  • At Hedley Sutton, the contract staff member, an allied health worker, last worked on Tuesday, 18th August 2020, and tested positive on Thursday, 20th August 2020.
  • At Westhaven, the staff member last worked on Saturday, 15th August 2020, and tested positive on Wednesday, 19th August 2020.

We can confirm that these cases are unrelated: the impacted staff members have had no contact with each other and they each worked within separate communities.

Our primary concern during this time is the wellbeing, health and safety of our residents and staff. These cases were reported to the relevant Health authorities and we are taking advice from them.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have isolated all residents to their rooms and maintained segregation in each of these communities. All staff will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) – masks, gloves, goggles and gowns. Staff will also sanitise their hands immediately prior to entering any room, and again immediately after. Only essential staff will be allowed on site.

COVID-19 testing of all residents with full support from the Health authorities is occurring over the next few days.

We continue to monitor the health of residents and check their temperatures daily. Existing processes to screen and temperature check all staff daily remain in place.

The staff members are isolating at home and will only return when medically cleared. All staff who have been in close contact with the impacted staff member are in self-isolation.

We are well prepared and taking every action we can to minimise any cross contamination.

We have contacted all families of residents of each community by telephone and email and communicated this information to them. We will provide regular updates to residents and their families, and our staff.

Media inquiries

Baptcare Communications 0400 503 713 or communications@baptcare.org.au