Yorke and Northern Local Health Network response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Visiting hour changes for hospitals and aged care services

The safety and welfare of people in our health services and hospitals during COVID 19 means there are some restrictions for visitors. Check with individual hospitals for local and visitor information, using this guide for visitor restrictions.

Hospital inpatients — Maximum 2 visitors per day.
Outpatients and Emergency — Maximum 1 adult visitor per day.
Visiting hours: Confirm visiting hours with the local health service,
Duration: 2 hours (maximum)

Visitors will not be permitted if:

  • Visits are not permitted by anyone who has visited any location in Victoria, any location in New South Wales (other than Broken Hill, which is allowed) or the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich areas in Queensland in the past 14 days, unless a specific exemption has been approved on compassionate grounds
  • They have returned from overseas in the past 14 days
  • They have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days
  • They have a fever or symptoms of an acute respiratory infection, for example, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath

Residential Aged Care

  • Residents may now leave an aged care facility and return for any reason.
  • Children under the age of 16 years are now able to visit, provided that they have had their flu vaccination (babies under 6 months are exempt from the flu vaccination requirement).
  • Care and support visits are limited to one visit per day by up to two people. However, aged care facilities are now able to approve additional visits where this is appropriate or necessary.
  • Visitors coming from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland (restrictions apply) or Tasmania are now permitted to visit aged care facilities upon arrival in South Australia.
  • Anyone who has visited Queensland, in the Greater Brisbane and Ipswich area in the past 14 days cannot visit aged care facilities unless supported to do so by an exemption to enter on compassionate grounds.
  • Visitors coming from other states/territories are only permitted to visit within 14 days if they are providing end of life support to a resident (and are required to self-quarantine at all other times).
  • Please note:
  • Visitors must practice physical distancing and ensure a minimum distance of 1.5m between each person.
  • Health screening and temperature monitoring will be required on entry for all staff and visitors at all sites.
  • From 1 May 2020, all visitors to residential aged care facilities, including staff, health practitioners, volunteers and others must provide proof of vaccination against seasonal influenza, or they will not be able to enter the premises.

Surgeries and procedures

  • Elective surgeries have now resumed

Palliative Care or End of Life Care residents

  • Hospital Settings — Maximum 2 visitors for palliative/end of life care (death imminent within two weeks) recommended at each time, up to a 3 hour duration. However, this may be increased at discretion of the LHN in the terminal phase of up to 72 hours before death.
  • Maximum 2 visitors for critically ill patients (including neonatal) at any time.
  • Residential Care Facilities — Individuals can enter Residential Care Facilities for the purpose of end of life visits for residents whose death is imminent (likely within two weeks).

For other information and updates on COVID-19: