A NEW online screening tool will turn away sick patients from physically visiting ACT health facilities.
Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith describes the decision to restrict visitors as difficult by necessary one.
“The decision ensures we can protect the health and safety of patients, staff and their loved ones. This is especially necessary for our most vulnerable, particularly patients whose health is already compromised,” says Minister Stephen-Smith.
The online tool via screening.covid19.act.gov.au will ask a series of questions before giving the user a green tick or a red cross to indicate whether they can access the facility.
Ms Stephen-Smith says visitors can simply show the green tick on their mobile phone when entering a health facility. Staff will know you have completed the assessment and are permitted to visit.
“If you get a red cross this indicates you may have COVID-19 symptoms and/or that you have been in high risk COVID area which means you cannot enter the health facility and you may need to be tested,” she says.
For visitors who are not able to complete the form online, screening desks will continue to be available at entrances.