Update: Baptcare Hedley Sutton Community and Baptcare Westhaven Community

22 August 2020

Previously, Baptcare confirmed that there are currently two staff members of Baptcare Residential Aged Care Communities who have tested positive for COVID-19. Read news item for more information.

Hedley Sutton Residential Aged Care Community, located in Camberwell

All residents continue to be well and are not experiencing any symptoms.

All residents were tested on site today. We await the results. All staff will be tested on site over the next few days.

Westhaven Residential Aged Care Community, located in Footscray

All residents continue to be well and are not experiencing any symptoms.

All residents were tested on site yesterday, 21 August 2020, and we have received over 80% of the results and they are all negative. We await the remaining results. All staff will be tested on site today, Saturday, 22 August 2020.

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 continue to isolate all residents at Hedley Sutton and Westhaven in their rooms and maintain 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.

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