Hunter New England Local Health District enforces new visitor restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Reduced time to see patients at Gloucester Soldiers' Memorial Hospital due to COVID-19.
Reduced time to see patients at Gloucester Soldiers' Memorial Hospital due to COVID-19.

To minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19, Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) facilities, including Gloucester Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and Manning Base Hospital, have enforced restricted visitor hours effective immediately.

Just one visitor is permitted mornings between 10am and 1pm and afternoons between 3pm and 7pm. Flexibility will be allowed for special areas such as children, birthing and compassionate grounds.

Liz Grist, from HNELHD, told Australian Community Media in March there is a serious purpose to any imposed restrictions.

"We are not doing this just because we can, it's to protect all patients and staff," Ms Grist said.

Visitors must not enter a facility if they have a cold, fever or flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed coronavirus case in the last fortnight.

There is COVID-19 testing available at Gloucester Medico. Please contact the staff if you are experiencing symptoms.

There are currently no cases of the virus in the area.