COVID-19 Outpatient Services at Werribee Mercy Hospital

The COVID-Positive Home Monitoring Program is an outpatient service for people who are COVID-positive and have moderate symptoms but do not require hospitalisation.

 

COVID-POSITIVE HOME MONITORING PROGRAM

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

Patients deemed moderate to high risk are those who are clinically well and fit the Medium (clinically stable) criteria or those at risk of deterioration.

Patients in the program are provided with an oxygen saturation/heart rate monitor and a thermometer. Our nursing and medical staff phone the patients for remote respiratory assessment monitoring. They may also be screened for oral antiviral medications or remdesivir.

To be considered self-care, patients must meet all criteria. To be considered Low, patients must meet age and vaccination status and symptoms criteria. To be considered Medium (clinically stable) patients only need to meet one criteria of age and vaccination, comorbidity, pregnancy status or symptoms. To be considered High (inpatient), patients only need to meet symptoms criteria.

Criteria Self care Low  Medium (clinically stable) High (inpatient)
Age and vaccination status Under 40 and unvaccinated and under 60 and vaccinated Between 65 and 74 and vaccinated

Under 50 and unvaccinated

Over 75 and any vaccination status

Between 50 and 74 and unvaccinated

Any
Pregnancy status Less than 28 weeks and up to two weeks postnatal and vaccinated

Up to 12 weeks and unvaccinated

28 weeks and vaccinated Over 12 weeks and up to two weeks postnatal if unvaccinated Any
Symptoms Nil or mild Nil or mild Nil or mild/moderate Severe
Comorbidities Low-risk or no comorbidities only Low-risk or no comorbidities

Moderate risk co-morbidities if under 60, vaccinated and not pregnant

High-risk comorbidities

Moderate-risk comorbidities if over 60, unvaccinated, pregnant or two weeks postnatal

Any
Social No social supports required May require social supports May require social supports May require social supports

 

 

People living in the following suburbs are eligible to participate in the program: 3018, 3024, 3027, 3028, 3029 and 3030.

 

Making a referral

If you have patients who meet the criteria for COVID Home Monitoring Program, please refer them to the service by completing the attached referral form, and fax to: 03 8754 3339 or email to covidnotification@mercy.com.au

If you feel the patient also fits criteria for early therapies such as oral antivirals or remdesivir, please attach latest blood test results and complete access request form. (Please note Sotrovimab is no longer recommended as an effective treatment for mild Covid-19).

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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