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Restricted access - for the good of all concerned

By August this year there was more influenza and gastroenteritis notifications recorded across Australia than in the last five years. We were not left unscathed at McLean Care®.

Throughout September, both of our facilities experienced very difficult outbreak situations. CWA house in Oakey was affected by Influenza A. Six residents became unwell, and the facility had to initiate a restricted access status for 11 days.

In Inverell, McLean Care® experienced its most significant gastroenteritis outbreak on record, with restricted access spanning over 3 weeks. During this time, 53 residents became acutely unwell, with confirmed Norovirus, and 28 members of our dedicated staff were also affected.

Thank you all so much for your understanding during these very challenging periods. We know it is such a difficult and isolating time for our residents and loved ones alike.

Restricted access processes are implemented because McLean Care® has obligations under legislation to notify local and state-based Public Health Units of two or more cases of gastroenteritis. Following this notification, specific processes are implemented to reduce the risk associated with an infectious disease outbreak to our residents, our staff, and our community.

Our priority is, and always will be, a holistic approach to resident health and wellbeing. Please be assured that every resource is provided to our residents during these difficult times to ensure they are comfortable and receiving the very highest levels of care in both of our facilities.

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