Royal Hobart Hospital escalation

23 Nov 2022

Kathrine Morgan-Wicks, Secretary and State Health Commander

The Royal Hobart Hospital and associated sites have escalated to level 2 of their COVID-19 Management Escalation Plan from 8am today, 23 November.

This follows a recommendation from Regional Health Commander Dr Stephen Ayre and the Regional Health Management Team and is based on the level of COVID-positive inpatients, increasing level of COVID-related staff absences, and the impact of a COVID-19 outbreak on a hospital ward.

We are also seeing an increasing number of visitors entering the health facility with symptoms. If people have symptoms of COVID-19 they should get tested and avoid visiting high-risk settings, such as hospitals.

As part of this escalation, staff will now be required to wear N95/P2 masks and eyewear in all clinical and patient-facing settings.

Visiting hours will continue to be 2 to 7 pm, with all visitors required to complete the health screening process before entering.

Hospital escalation is a well-established process that has repeatedly proven to be effective in managing periods of heightened demand during previous waves of the pandemic.

People who have conditions that are not an emergency or do not require a hospital admission are encouraged to think about the right service for their needs and to reconsider attending the RHH Emergency Department during this time.

During this time, we ask the communities of Southern Tasmania for their patience and understanding should they experience longer waiting times for lower acuity presentations.

Hospital staff are working hard to address the demand for hospital care at the RHH, and the public can have confidence that the needs of emergency presentations will be met.

If you require medical assistance that is not urgent or life-threatening, visit your pharmacy for minor ailments, explore booking an appointment with a local GP, or call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for free, trusted health information.

Healthdirect is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some GPs and pharmacies are also available after-hours.

It is important to continue testing for COVID-19 as if you test positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible for antiviral treatments if you are:

  • 70 years of age or older, regardless of risk factors and with or without symptoms
  • 50 years of age or older with 2 additional risk factors
  • First Nations person, 30 years of age or older and with 1 additional risk factor
  • 18 years of age or older and moderately to severely immunocompromised.

These antivirals can be prescribed by your GP or by registering with our COVID@homeplus service. A link to register with COVID@homeplus will be sent to you when you register a positive COVID-19 test result at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au.

If you require emergency medical assistance, call 000 immediately.