When visiting Mansfield District Hospital, you should wash your hands with soap or water or use an alcohol-based hand rub located in various places throughout our facility upon arrival prior to entering the person’s room. You should also follow the same procedure when you are leaving. We also ask that you only visit one person at any one time.
If you have any respiratory symptoms we ask that you refrain from visiting anyone in hospital, Bindaree or Buckland House. Our aged care residents are particularly vulnerable and it is important that we reduce the risk as much as possible whilst still encouraging interaction with family and friends.
There may be occasions when we totally restrict visitors from visiting for a period of time. Video calling is possible.

The infection is contagious but there are a number of ways to reduce your risk.

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your GP first (in business hours) if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
  • Don’t wear a face mask if you are well.
  • If you want to, buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April).
  • Shaking hands is optional!