COVID-19 Information for Doctors

Please ensure you are using the current version of any guideline and check with ID if unclear.

1. Clinical Management Guidelines
COVID Clinical Guidelines for Doctors should be utilised for adult patients (16 years and older) with suspect or confirmed COVID-19 who are admitted as an inpatient to Western Health.
Please note this is a rapidly evolving situation and aspects in this guideline may change on a regular basis. Please ensure you are using the current version of the guideline and check with ID if unclear.

2. Acute Resuscitation Plan
As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, we’ll need to be even more vigilant with regards to patient goals of care and Acute Resuscitation Plans (ARPs) in the event of deterioration, which must be completed for all patients on admission (excluding day cases/day admissions).

This will be the responsibility of the treating medical team and the accountability for this lies with the ward consultant. ARP decision-making must be recorded and include discussion with the patient & their family/Medical Treatment Decision-Maker about realistic goals and preferences in the event of severe illness and likelihood of recovery to a level that the patient would find acceptable.

3. Testing Criteria
The Victorian Department for Health and Human Services provides up to date guidance on testing criteria for suspected COVID-19 patients.

4. Collecting a respiratory swab
The correct technique for collecting a swab for COVID-19 testing is important. This video outlines the procedure.

5. De-isolation and cohorting of suspected COVID-19 patients
Click on this link for information in the de-isolation process

6. Other Infection Prevention Strategies
As well as PPE there are many other highly effective infection prevention strategies. The virus can stick to surfaces for many days, so the Medical Education Unit have produced a fact sheet for how we can reduce the spread at work.

7. Zoom
During the COVID-19 pandemic the vast majority of teaching sessions and meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. Please familiarise yourself with this User Guide

8. COVID Staff Enquiry Line
Western Health is seeking to respond as quickly as possible to enquiries from staff regarding the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Enquiries should now be directed to the staff clinic via email at: whscovid-19staffclinicenquiries@wh.org.au.

To enable us to contact you, you must include the following information in your email:
• Your full name
• Your role and area of work
• Your mobile phone number.

To assist us with responding to enquiries in a timely way, please specify in the subject line of your email if your enquiry relates to one of the following categories:
• Travel
• Exposure
• Results