COVID-19 Outpatient Services at Werribee Mercy Hospital

The COVID-Positive Home Monitoring Program is for people who are COVID-positive and have moderate symptoms but do not require hospitalisation. The Sotrovimab Monoclonal Antibody Infusion Clinic is an outpatient clinic, which has been established to intravenously administer Sotrovimab to COVID-positive patients who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and have significant risk factors for disease progression. Clinical trials have shown Sotrovimab reduces the severity of symptoms and minimises hospitalisation for COVID-positive patients.

 

COVID-POSITIVE HOME MONITORING PROGRAM

The COVID-Positive Home Monitoring Program provides a remote monitoring service for patients who have a moderate to high risk for clinical deterioration.

Patients in the program are provided with an oxygen saturation/heart rate monitor and a thermometer. Our nursing and medical staff phone them for remote respiratory assessment monitoring.

Patients deemed at higher risk are those who are clinically well and:

  • are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms
  • have comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease (except hypertension), respiratory disease (chronic inflammatory lung disease, asthma [on preventer medication] and bronchiectasis), diabetes (on medication), immunocompromised (immunodeficiency or medication related), active cancer, chronic liver or kidney disease, obesity (BMI >30), active smoker (>15 cigarettes per day)
  • have no barrier to home isolation.

Higher risk patients can also be clinically unwell and:

  • have new shortness of breath on exertion
  • a persistent or productive cough
  • significant systemic symptoms
  • have comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease (except hypertension), respiratory disease (chronic inflammatory lung disease, asthma [on preventer medication] and bronchiectasis), diabetes (on medication), immunocompromised (immunodeficiency or medication related), active cancer, chronic liver or kidney disease, obesity (BMI >30), active smoker (>15 cigarettes per day)
  • have no barrier to home isolation

People living in the following suburbs are eligible to participate in the program: 3028, 3024, 3027, 3028, 3029 and 3030.

Pregnant women are currently managed by the Maternal Fetal Monitoring Unit at Sunshine Hospital.

 

SOTROVIMAB MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY INFUSION CLINIC

The clinic operates Monday to Saturday from 8.30am–5pm.

On average, it generally takes approximately two hours to complete admission information, administer the infusion and undertake post-infusion monitoring.

Sotrovimab must be given within the 0-5 days of symptom onset.

The Victorian Department of Health allows family members/support persons, who are also COVID-positive, to accompany the patient to the clinic if they are not able to drive themselves. Alternatively, the nursing staff can arrange a non-urgent ambulance to transport the patient.

 

What to expect?

Once a referral is received, a member of our nursing team will contact the patient and provide them with a booking date and time. Nursing staff will provide the patient with information on what to do on arrival to the hospital.

Finding the clinic

The clinic is separate to the main hospital. Nursing staff will provide the patient with specific instructions on where to find the clinic. There are bright yellow signs on site to guide patients to the clinic.

What to bring?

  • Face mask
  • Comfortable/ loose fitting clothing
  • A list of medications or any medications that need to be taken during the admission (e.g. tablets for diabetes, blood pressure, epilepsy, etc.).

 

Making a referral

If you have patients who meet the criteria for the Sotrovimab monoclonal antibody infusion, please refer them to the service by completing the attached referral form, which can be faxed to: 03 8754 3339. If you have further questions, please call Werribee Mercy Hospital Switchboard and ask to speak with Associate Professor Neil Smith.

 

 

Reference

Australian Guidelines for the Clinical Care of people with COVID-19, Australian Government

 

Contacts

Contacts and additional resources

Associate Professor Neil Smith

  • Phone numbers:

    Associate Professor Neil Smith
    8754 3000
    For further questions, please call Werribee Mercy Hospital Switchboard on 8754 3000 and ask to speak with Associate Professor Neil Smith.

Last reviewed October 22, 2021.

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