COVID-19 Vaccination - Elective Surgery and Elective Procedures Fact Sheet: December 2021
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The safety and welfare of people in our hospital and health services during COVID-19 pandemic means there are some restrictions for visitors.
The below visitor guidelines have been developed to protect staff, patients and visitors.
The below restrictions are a guideline online. Check with the individual hospital or health service for local visitor information before you visit.
Physical distancing requirements will mean that the maximum number of allowed visitors is not always possible in areas.
All visitors to public hospitals must provide proof of an TGA approved COVID-19 vaccination status upon entry (unless they have an approved medical exemption, or a child 12 years or less).
Unvaccinated visitors who visit a hospital will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test (PCR) 48 hours after their visit and subsequently and routinely thereafter if visiting regularly.
Unvaccinated visitors will be required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in hospital. In all settings a mask will be required. However, in some settings with vulnerable patients, unvaccinated visitors may also need to wear a gown, gloves and eye wear.
Visitors should not enter a hospital or residential care facility if they have:
Visitors will only be allowed on site for compassionate reasons or End of Life/ Palliative Care, including younger people requiring a parent or guardian and some emergency care situations.
Visitors may be asked to wear additional PPE when entering a high risk setting, as determined by the hospital or health care service.
Maximum of one visitor may accompany a patient to an Emergency Department or a hospital based outpatient appointment provided physical distancing can be maintained.
Maximum of one visitor (partner or designated support person) may attend with the patient in labour, and in the ward environment.
Maximum of one visitor may accompany a patient to an Emergency Department or a hospital based outpatient appointment, provided physical distancing can be maintained
Maximum of one visitor (parent or guardian) with the child in the consultation room. In addition to this, a second visitor can visit for a maximum of two hours per day, during established visiting periods (maximum two visitors per day).
Maximum of one visitor can visit per day.
Maximum of one visitor who may accompany a patient to an Emergency Department, Children’s Oncology ward or a hospital-based outpatient appointment provided physical distancing can be maintained.
Maximum of one visitor may accompany a patient to an Emergency Department, a hospital-based outpatient appointment, or children’s oncology ward.
In the terminal phase of a terminal illness the hospital has the discretion to determine the appropriate visitor numbers for compassionate reasons, considering the environment and ability to social distance.
Communal spaces in ward areas are to be kept free of visitors.
Residential Care Facilities
No current restrictions.
Residential Aged Care Facility
All people (excluding residents and children under 12 years) visiting a Residential Aged Care Facility must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and must wear a mask.
A resident of a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) with more than 70% of its residents who have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, is not limited to a number of care and support visits per day.
A resident of a RACF with less than 70% of its residents who have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, may have one care and support visit of two persons or two separate visits from one person, per day.
For more information see the Aged Care – COVID-19 page.