Visiting times

Hospital visits on compassionate/medical grounds

WA’s current travel restrictions are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting non-essential travel. This includes requiring approval to enter the State and a requirement to self-quarantine for 14 days in case you are unknowingly carrying the COVID-19 virus.

If you have been granted WA POL permission to visit a patient in a hospital on compassionate grounds within your quarantine period, please note: this is not approval to enter the hospital. You must seek approval to enter the specified hospital from the health service administration. To begin this process, please contact the SMHS COVID Team on 0401 454 309 or email SMHS.COVID19@health.wa.gov.au prior to attending the hospital.

Why? Precautions need to be put in place to protect staff and patients while you attend the hospital.

If you are in self-quarantine you cannot undergo elective surgery. Contact the hospital to reschedule your surgery for when you are cleared from quarantine.

It is an offence to fail to follow the directions stipulated in your exemption. WA Police have the power to enforce these restrictions and you can be fined up to $50,000.

Visiting arrangements from June 2020

Visiting hours are 8am-8pm daily.

All children 16 years and under attending the hospital or visiting patients must be closely supervised by an adult at all times for their safety.

Please do not visit or attend the hospital if you are unwell.

When visiting please:

  • wash hands with hand sanitiser
  • keep a safe distance between yourself and others of at least 1.5 m
  • refrain from physical contact.

General wards

Only two visitors are permitted at any one time, including children.

Maternity

Two birthing partners are permitted to attend with a woman in labour. The same two birth partners can progress to the postnatal wards in line with standard visiting hours.

Maximum of two visitors for each patient at one time, during standard visiting hours.

Confirmed COVID patient

Adult and maternity

No visitors are allowed to visit a confirmed COVID-19 adult patient or COVID-19 adult patient under investigation.

There may be exceptional or compassionate individual circumstances under which these visiting restrictions may be reconsidered by the treating team.

Child

Only one family member is able to visit a confirmed COVID-19 child or COVID-19 child under investigation.

It must be the same family member each day.

Visitors must:

  • perform hand hygiene on entering and leaving the patient’s room
  • wear a mask and protective eyewear at all times in the patient’s room.

There may be exceptional or compassionate individual circumstances under which these visiting restrictions may be reconsidered by the treating team.

Visiting restrictions

People should not visit patients or enter hospitals if they:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • have a fever or a cold or flu-like illness, including symptoms such as sore throat, cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing
  • have travelled outside WA and are therefore required to self-quarantine for 14 days
  • have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and are therefore required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Any visitor the hospital who does not comply with these requirements will be asked to leave the hospital immediately.