The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne has been described as a ‘breeding ground’ for the coronavirus after eight staff members tested positive, forcing hundreds of others to self-isolate.
As Victoria continues to spread the deadly virus, Daily Mail Australia can reveal allegations. The Alfred failed to keep the entire pandemic clean.
In March, three cancer patients died of contracting COVID-19 from The Alfred after it was found that a patient with another medical condition was carrying the virus.
A filthy bucket on the floor of a department in The Alfred. Patients have claimed that their families are forced to clean rooms themselves
Dirty, stained floors in a section at The Alfred. Staff and patients have accused the hospital of not maintaining cleanliness
Waste and debris on the floors of The Alfred, which has once again hit a staff outbreak
The Alfred declined to comment on Daily Mail Australia’s latest allegations on Tuesday.
Instead, it referred back to a statement made last weekend by The Alfred’s general manager, Andrew Way.
“Alfred Health and our community appreciate the work the staff do to care for patients with COVID-19, and we are taking every measure to keep them safe,” said Professor Way.
He said the hospital followed rigorous cleaning processes to ensure the safety of all employees and patients.
‘As a community, we must take collective responsibility for ourselves and others. We need everyone who follows strict protocols; they are there to protect us, “said Professor Way.
“We cannot afford to become complacent. And as this pandemic shows: behavior really matters. ‘
Daily Mail Australia spoke to recent patients and a doctor about hygiene within The Alfred.
A patient, who spent about eight months in hospital until June this year, told Daily Mail Australia that the hospital was filthy.
“It’s not just a breeding ground for the coronavirus, but any virus,” said the man.
Photos from Daily Mail Australia show floors covered in dirt, hair and debris.
A photo appears to show blood stained on the floor.
The man’s ward was so dirty he claimed his family had to clean it themselves.
A photo shows a bucket of dirty brown water left on a ward floor.
Other photos show medical waste and beakers thrown on ward floors.
“The cleaners spent more time standing just bagging gas than cleaning,” the patient said.
A regional hospital doctor who spent time with The Alfred told Daily Mail Australia that the lack of hygiene seen during the pandemic was “disgusting.”
“It’s a real shame,” she said.
The Alfred has been fired upon from his own ranks as the hospital is again forced to explain how the virus continues to spread within its walls.
Last week, The age reported serious concern about infection control in the infectious diseases department.
Photographs taken in the restricted area showed trash cans flooded with contaminated clinical waste, including discarded medical gowns and other personal protective equipment.
A look at the COVID-19 clinic at Alfred Hospital on March 26. It only revealed an outbreak the following evening
Eight employees at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne tested positive for coronavirus, forcing hundreds of others to self-isolate
“I had to touch the lid of the box with my hands to take off PPE,” said the worker. “It is disgusting and dangerous,” said a worker.
Contact tracers are still trying to determine how many other The Alfred employees may have been in contact with the infected employees.
Five of the diagnosed employees are not associated. Initial tests suggest they have contracted the virus in the community.
The three other cases of coronavirus were picked up by contact detection and immediately asked to isolate themselves.
Currently, no patients have contracted COVID-19 in the hospital, a spokesperson confirmed.
The Alfred has not confirmed the roles of the positively tested employees.
The Alfred isn’t the only hospital struggling with an outbreak in Melbourne.
Austin Hospital, northeast of Melbourne, confirmed on Sunday that a non-clinical staff member from a psychiatric ward had tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee worked the weekend prior to diagnosis and all patients and employees they came in contact with were subsequently tested.
A spokesperson said that all precautionary tests have shown a negative result.
“The area has been thoroughly cleaned and continues to care for patients with personnel who wear personal protective equipment in accordance with DHHS guidelines,” said the spokesperson.
DHHS has been approached for comment.
The Alfred has been accused of not maintaining hygiene. Depicted is a floor stained with dirt
The infectious diseases department in The Alfred (pictured), which currently houses COVID-19 cases, has been effectively locked up in an effort to curb the spread of the virus
A dirty floor in The Alfred Hospital, which is working to contain an outbreak among its own staff
Meanwhile, The Alfred’s infectious disease department, which currently houses COVID-19 cases, has been effectively locked up in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.
Everyone entering the department must register their details with a janitor to ensure they can track their movements.
A hospital spokesperson said that any staff member who had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 would be immediately sent for testing and suspended.
They also house staff with vulnerable family members in hotels to ensure they don’t endanger anyone.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Australia approached 10,000 on Monday, with only Victoria and New South Wales regularly showing new cases of community transmission.
The chief of the Alfred hospital, Prof. Andrew Way. The hospital is hot with a deadly outbreak of COVID-19
A medical worker is shown performing a COVID-19 test while Melbourne is again in the third phase of the lock restrictions
Shoppers in Melbourne are depicted with face masks as testing in the metropolis is on the rise
Of the 9,980 Australians who have had a coronavirus since the pandemic began, 7,769 have recovered, 1,661 are now sick and 108 have died.
Victoria’s second wave has yielded 1,612 active cases – more than 97 percent of all active cases in Australia, 641 of which come from community transfers, the Department of Health and Human Services said Monday.
Victoria registered 270 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the state total to more than 4,200.
About 1,000 Australian Defense personnel go to Victoria to assist in state enforcement and testing.
There are only four reasons people living in closed suburbs should leave their homes.
These reasons are:
- Essential shopping
- Work or study
- Giving or receiving medical care
- Daily exercise
SECOND LOCKDOWN OF MELBOURNE
AREAS BACK UNDER THREE RESTRICTIONS STEP:
* Metropolitan Melbourne covers 30 local government areas: Banyule, Hume, Moreland, Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Boroondara, Knox, Nillumbik, Manningham, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Maribyrnong, Stonnington, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Darebin, Melbourne, Whittlesea Frankston , Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Monash, Yarra, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Yarra Ranges, Hobsons Bay.
* Mitchell Shire, including the cities of Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour, Tallarook, Pyalong and Wallan.
WHAT WILL CLOSE AGAIN:
* Community sports
* Indoor sports and recreation including arenas and stadiums
* Swimming pools, saunas and bathhouses
* Food courts
* Cinemas inside and out
* Casino and gaming
* Brothels and strip clubs
* Beauty and personal care
* Holiday accommodation and camping
* Play centers and playgrounds
* Galleries, museums and zoos
VISITORS AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
* No visitors allowed in homes
* Public meetings and exercises can only take place with direct household or with two people
AUTHORIZED OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
* Fishing and boating
* Tennis, golf and surfing
OPEN FOR BUSINESS:
* Retail subject to density
* Markets only for food and drink
* Cafés, restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars only return for take-away
* Return to remote auctions
* Inspections by appointment only
* Visits allowed
* No visits outside the restricted areas – subject to conditions
* Can be completed by those already on vacation
* No new holiday trips from July 8 at 11:59 pm
* Ten people, plus those in charge of the funeral
* Five people (couple, witnesses and celebrant)
* Broadcast only.