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COVID-19: Protecting yourself and your loved ones

This is an important time and the entire team at Longueville Private Hospital hopes you are looking after yourself and the ones you love. It is especially important that as a community we protect the vulnerable, such as young children, people over 65 years and people with a chronic illness who are more at risk.

Here are some handy tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe:

Hand Hygiene:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially before and after eating, and using the toilet.
  • If you are out in the community, avoid touching surfaces or objects such as door handles, counter tops, tables etc. Use hand sanitiser after touching any surfaces or objects.
  • Refrain from touching your face, in particular your eyes, mouth or nose.
  • Avoid handling money where possible, use tap and pay instead.

Social Distancing: will help to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community, by avoiding contact with others.

  • If you are sick, stay away from others – self isolate at home where possible.
  • Practice good hand hygiene and sneeze/cough hygiene.
  • Avoid handshaking and kissing.
  • Consider whether outings and travel are necessary. Shop online where available and visit shops sparingly.
  • Avoid gatherings of a large number of people.
  • Avoid use of public transportation.

Increase ventilation by opening windows.

Regularly disinfect high touch surfaces such as phones, tables, kitchen benches and counter tops, doorknobs and handles, computer keyboards, tablets and remote controls.

Sneeze/cough hygiene:

  • Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze.
  • Use a disposable tissue to cover your mouth and nose. If tissues are not available cough/sneeze into your upper arm or sleeve; avoid using your hands.
  • Turn away from other people when coughing/sneezing.
  • Move away from other people who are coughing/sneezing.

In the workplace:

  • Regularly disinfect your workstation, in particular phones, keyboards, mouse and desktop.
  • Reschedule/defer meetings or hold phone/video conferences instead.
  • Take lunch outside or at your desk and limit food handling/sharing.


You can call the National Coronavirus Help Line on 1800 020 080 for more information. It operates 24 hours  a day, seven days a week.

If you have concerns about your health, please speak to your doctor.