Many of you have called since we issued the newsletter advising you of the visiting arrangements which commence today.  We have sought clarification twice this week  from the local Public Health Unit (PHU) and NSW Health (once on Monday evening and again yesterday).

In response to feedback, the Ministry of Health has just this morning released new guidelines for residential aged care facilities (attached), and these clarify the suburbs which are still impacted by visiting restrictions.

I can now confirm that the current advice from NSW Health is that anyone who has visited (within the last 14 days), the Bankstown LGA, Blue Mountains LGA, Cumberland LGA, Fairfield LGA, Hunters Hill LGA, Liverpool LGA, or Parramatta LGA, are excluded from visiting their loved ones at this time.

They have also given clarification on the meaning of Bankstown LGA – this means anyone who has visited (within the last 14 days) the wards of Bass Hill, Bankstown and Revesby CANNOT visit any aged care facilities in NSW. These wards are the old Bankstown LGA.

To help guide you, we have listed the suburbs in the three affected wards below.  If you live in these suburbs you cannot visit unless it is for a compassionate visit and approved by the manager of the facility.

Bankstown Ward

  • Bankstown
  • Chullora
  • Greenacre
  • Mount Lewis
  • Punchbowl

Bass Hill Ward

  • Bass Hill
  • Birrong
  • Chester Hill
  • Condell Park
  • Georges Hall
  • Lansdowne
  • Potts Hill
  • Sefton
  • Villawood
  • Yagoona

Revesby Ward

  • East Hills
  • Milperra
  • Padstow
  • Padstow Heights
  • Panania
  • Picnic Point
  • Revesby
  • Revesby Heights

NSW Health and PHU have apologised for any confusion using the terminology ‘part LGA’ has caused.  I also apologise for assuming families would know what a part LGA meant.

I have attached today’s advice from NSW Health outlining the restrictions aged care facilities must adhere to for your information.  Whilst the general public follow the guidelines on the NSW Government website, residential aged care facilities must follow both the guidelines on the website, and the additional restrictions listed in the attached correspondence from the NSW Health Minister’s office.

We hope with the very low case numbers in NSW that any suburb restrictions will be lifted soon by NSW Health.  When we are notified of any changes we will advise you of the updated information.

Deborah Key