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Communications for George Forbes House

BaptistCare homes are responding to the developing situation on a daily basis and we are continuing to implement preventative actions to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our homes.

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Latest Update - 2:50pm on Monday, 17 January 2022

Newest Information:
  • Another round of PCR tests will be conducted on all consenting residents on Tuesday, 18 January.


Visitation Information

  • The home is temporarily closed to all non-essential visitors while we investigate, and will remain closed until health authorities indicate it is safe for us to reopen, either in part or in full

Resident Wellbeing

Please be assured, the team at GFH will call you if there are any changes to the health or wellbeing of your loved one.

We are conscious that residents miss their friends and family and we are taking steps to ensure the residents remain physically and mentally well during the current closure.

  • Resident body temperatures are taken twice daily.
  • You can drop off care packages, gifts and non-perishable food items to be passed along to your loved one. We encourage you to send care packages as it brings great delight to the residents.
  • We are continuing to work towards putting alternatives in place for phone and video contact with loved ones. We will update you as soon as you can contact your loved one online.

COVID-19 Testing Information

  • In total, 0 residents have tested positive to COVID-19.
  • A number of staff have tested positive for COVID-19. All staff are fully vaccinated.
  • NSW Health has declared the home an 'Outbreak Site'.
  • Another round of PCR testing will be conducted on all consenting residents on Tuesday, 18 January.
  • A round of PCR testing was conducted on all consenting residents on Wednesday, 12 January and results are all negative.
  • We are completing rapid antigen tests on all staff before they start their shift, in addition to the entry screening and automated body temperature readings.
  • There continues to be significant and rapid COVID-19 transmission in the community, and our staff are exposed to this as they reside in the local area.

How We're Managing COVID-19 Testing

  • With delays in the results of PCR testing, the home is also using Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) for early detection of possible COVID-19 cases.
  • If a resident returns a positive RAT result, we are treating this result as a positive COVID-19 case. PCR testing will be undertaken to confirm these results.
  • In the event of a positive RAT result we may take some precautionary infection control measures and restrict movement in parts of the home.
  • If a resident tests positive (RAT or PCR), we will communicate with families first and then provide that update to all families through this website page.

Thank you

We wish to thank you for your support of our team as we manage the ongoing situation at GFH.

Please know we are doing all we can in partnership with health authorities and with support from our wider residential leadership team and our executive leadership team to respond to this situation. The health, safety and wellbeing of your loved one is our absolute priority.

Communication to Families and Visitors of George Forbes House

COVID-19 Update: George Forbes House - Sunday 2 January 2022

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