Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Visiting someone in hospital

For Visitors

Visiting a Patient

Visitors are welcome to the Women's and Children's Hospital. The hospital is ideally located a short distance from Adelaide's CBD, in the picturesque North Adelaide parklands.

The Hospital is located at 72 King William Road, North Adelaide. There are car parks and entrances to the hospital on Kermode Street and the corner of Brougham Place and Sir Edwin Smith Avenue. Click Link iconhere for a map of the hospital or here for a street map.

The Women's and Children's Hospital has a number of useful services on site, such as Link iconbanking facilities and shops.

For information about our many departments, please visit the Link iconservices area of our site.

Visiting hours vary according to the needs of individual patients. Please contact the ward before coming to visit.

Visiting hours in the post natal and antenatal/gynaecology wards are from 1pm to 8pm daily. A rest period is encouraged between 1pm and 2pm. Visitors will not be admitted during this time.

At all times space must be available at the bedside to allow staff safe access to patients and emergency equipment. Please ensure that there are no more than three visitors at one time. In some instances there may be further restrictions on the number of visitors allowed.

To find out about visiting hours for all other patients and for details of where you will find a patient is in please telephone the Hospital switchboard on (08) 8161 7000 or ask at the the enquiry desk at the entrance to the Queen Victoria Building (women patients), or the enquiry desk near the Kermode Street entrance (child patients).

To help prevent the spread of infection we ask that people who are unwell or have any of the following infectious illnesses do not visit the hospital:

  • Cough/cold or sore throat
  • Flu like symptoms
  • An upset stomach
  • Measles
  • Chickenpox
  • Mumps
  • Shingles
  • Whooping cough
  • Skin infections, eg. head lice
  • Impetigo (school sores)
  • Scabies
  • Tuberculosis

The WCH is a smoke-free hospital.  Please do not smoke in or near our buildings.

Group / Entertainment Visitors (schools, entertainment groups, etc.)

The Women's and Children's Hospital has a fun and varied Children's Entertainment Program for patients, because entertainers and visitors can have a positive affect on patients and their families and are greatly appreciated.

In addition to the daily work of the Play Therapists on each of the major paediatric wards, we have regular visits from sporting identities, firefighters, the Police Link program, the Starlight Captains, Clown Doctors and celebrities. These activities provide a welcome distraction  and support to the young patients in our care. It also helps to provides stimulus to their siblings, who often spend long hours visiting the hospital with their families.

Often schools and other groups offer to donate their time to visit the wards. This is extremely thoughtful; however there are infection control and security procedures that need to be considered to protect the health, confidentiality, and safety of our patients.

We also have a strong focus on limiting external traffic through the wards, as part of our duty of care is to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment for patients and families, and to respect their privacy. It is also important to families that staff are not hindered in their duty to provide the best clinical service to patients in their care.

The health of the patients in our care is our priority. Busy clinical schedules and safety reasons may prevent us from fulfilling your request. Generally we cannot allow large school groups or other visitors onto the wards, but we may be able to facilitate your request in another way.

Please do not make contact directly with a hospital ward.  The Media and Communications Department is available to assist you with organising your event and ensuring. that your visit does not clash with other organised entertainment or clinical schedules. It is also important that clinical staff are not distracted from looking after patients to respond to your request.

Thank you for your interest in visiting our Hospital.

For further information please contact the Media and Communications Department on (08) 8161 8348 or email health.wchnevents@health.sa.gov.au.

last modified: 30 Aug 2016