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CEO Update – 18 July 2022

The Health System Winter Response (HSWR) was developed, by the Victorian Department of Health, to ensure high quality COVID-19 and non COVID-19 care (including elective care) can be delivered through the tricky winter months.

As reported in the media, the HSWR was escalated to Stage 3 yesterday. As a result, our management team have met this morning to work through the implications of a stage 3 declaration and our next steps.

This update is provided to keep you informed.

  • There will be no change to our surgery service at this stage.
  • Visitor access will be restricted again to previous levels, akin to other surge events. (please see below).
  • We will remain a tier 2 COVID-19 hospital only, which means looking after our own community, within our capability and limited physical capacity.
  • Community Care will return to telehealth for appropriate services, and we will ask clients in our respite care program, and social support group, to undertake RATS.
  • Many internal strategies have also been activated, such as: expansion of the RAT surveillance program to all staff (not just patient facing), working from home if possible, and all our meetings/interviews will return to virtual.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience the above steps may cause. We are making these decisions to ensure we can protect our patients, clients, visitors and staff to our best ability.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

Paul Greenhalgh

Visiting hours and restrictions

Patients are restricted to TWO visitors for up to TWO hours strictly between 0930 to 1130 hours and 1700 to 1900 hours (7 days per week).

All visitors to provide evidence of a negative Rapid Antigen Test prior to entry

Exemptions may apply.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping our patients and community safe during this time.

Expression of Interest – Indigenous Art Project

South Gippsland Hospital wish to engage the services of a local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to create an outdoor installation, representative of the traditional custodians of the land on which the hospital sits.

Please see link below for more details:

Outdoor Indigenous Art Project brief June 2022

Enquires to Samantha Park Director Community Care, via email Samantha.park@sghs.com.au or on 0428 391 700


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South Gippsland Hospital receives government funding for the basic running of the health service, however we provide a wide range of services that are either not funded or only partially funded. These activities are funded by generous community support. There are several ways in which you can support the South Gippsland Hospital through a generous donation or gift.


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I have always received professional care, compassion and kindness from all staff at South Gippsland Hospital – March 2021
The staff were caring and supportive and let me know what was going on at all times and invited questions through each stage.  I was extremely impressed with their professionalism and friendliness. – February 2021.
Every single one was beautiful and made our experience so special and one we will never forget. All of the staff blew us away  ..… working to ensure things were complete and everything that could possibly be done for us was.  – February 2021
It was a lovely experience, nice and calm – could come back for a holiday! – March 2021
I can’t thank all staff enough, from nurses, kitchen staff, cleaners to daily visits by doctors. We are so fortunate to have this wonderful hospital. and medical services in Foster. – February 2021
Thanks to all the kind staff in the theatre when I had a snip and snooze in your flash new theatre. It was a pleasant experience and I appreciated all the work involved. – January 2021