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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 - 2:10pm on Wednesday, 29 June 2022


Newest Information:
  • All consenting residents of the Hostel and Lavender Lane have returned negative RAT tests.
  • Consenting residents of rooms 15 to 41 are currently undergoing PCR testing today.


Visitation Information

  • The home has been declared an outbreak site after another resident tested positive for COVID-19.
  • There are 2 positive residents and a number of staff cases in the home.
  • Visitation to rooms 15-41 will be suspended during this time. Only essential care and end of life care visits will be permitted in these rooms.
  • Residents have been asked to restrict their movements and will be served meals in their rooms.
  • All other areas remain open to visitors as per the guidelines below.
  • Residents are permitted to have two fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over per day.
  • Up to 2 children under 12 years of age are also permitted to visit provided they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated person.
  • All visitors may be asked to wear PPE and to take a rapid antigen test before entering the home.
  • Visiting hours are from 11:00am - 3:00pm each day.
  • All visitors must book all visits online using the Acuity booking link here.
  • If you need an exemption to visit outside visiting hours, you can do so by contacting the home directly.

For visitors UNDER 12 years of age:

  • Children between 3-12 years of age must wear a face mask while visiting in the home.
  • Children under 3 years of age are exempt from wearing a mask as it is considered a choking hazard.
  • BaptistCare does not have appropriately sized masks for young children. Please provide an appropriately sized facemask for your child to wear while they are onsite.
  • Please provide evidence of a negative RAT result for each visitor under 12 years of age completed at home, immediately prior to the visit.

For visitors OVER 12 years of age:

  • Visitors aged 12 years and over must have received a second dose of a COVID vaccination at least 14 days prior to their visit.
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to get a booster vaccine if they are eligible for one.
  • BaptistCare will continue to provide face masks for all visitors over the age of 12 years.

Resident Excursions

  • Residents can be taken out of the home for excursions, although we would ask that you consider the risks involved. We are strongly recommending residents stay in the home given the high case numbers in the community. Excursions from the home should only be to low-risk settings, preferably outdoors, and with good social distancing, hand hygiene and mask-wearing where possible.

COVID-19 Testing Information

  • The home has been declared an outbreak site after another resident tested positive for COVID-19.
  • There are 2 positive residents and a number of staff cases in the home.
  • All consenting residents of the Hostel and Lavender Lane have returned negative RAT tests.
  • Consenting residents of rooms 15 to 41 are currently undergoing PCR testing today.
  • All staff are fully vaccinated.
  • All residents will continue to be monitored for symptoms.
  • Residents have been asked to restrict their movements and will be served meals in their rooms.


Thank you

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