COVID case forces birth unit to shut down at LRH

The Thomson Women’s, Children and Birthing Unit at Latrobe Regional Hospital has been shut down because of a COVID-19 exposure.

A person who presented to the Thomson Women’s, Children and Birthing Unit at Latrobe Regional Hospital on Wednesday, September 29, has tested positive to COVID-19.

As a result, the Thomson Unit has been locked down, with birthing and paediatric support to be provided by Central Gippsland Health in Sale and West Gippsland Healthcare Group in Warragul in the interim.

The person who presented to the unit has since been transferred to a Melbourne hospital.

Gippsland Region Public Health Unit and Latrobe Regional Hospital say they have begun implementing protocols to manage any risk to clinical and non-clinical staff, patients and visitors to the unit.

Latrobe Regional Hospital says it will continue to support women who are in an advanced state of labour.

Women and newborns currently on the unit are being cared for by midwives who were not on duty at the time of exposure.

Anyone who was in the unit before 2.30pm on Wednesday, September 29, is not at risk of exposure.

Gippsland Region Public Health Unit said as management of the incident continued “there will be no further comment”.