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COVID-19
Information for the community – Updated 13 January 2022
Acknowledgement
The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

COVID-19 Information

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This page provides information and updates about access to services at the Women's and Children's Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you pregnant and in isolation or quarantine for COVID-19, you can still attend the WCH. Was ask that you please call our Women's Assessment Service on (08) 8161 7530 prior to your arrival so we can ensure we provide you with the best of care while keeping you and our staff safe.

The staff at the Women's and Children's Hospital are here to look after you throughout this pandemic, and the following information is to help ensure your safety and wellbeing when visiting the Hospital.

Please note that the Women's and Children's Hospital campus is classified as a high-risk setting. From 9am Wednesday 29 December 2021, visitors are restricted to one adult visitor per patient across all areas of the hospital. Visitors under 18 are not permitted at this time.

The health and wellbeing of our patients, their carers and our staff is our number one priority at all times.

To find out about COVID-19 testing, visit the SA Health website.

Stay up-to-date:

  • Follow us on Facebook to keep updated on what is happening around the Network.
  • To keep up to date with all the latest public health advice on COVID-19, please visit the SA Health website.
  • For information regarding the state's government agencies response on COVID-19, visit COVID-19.sa.gov.au.

Information about our services during COVID-19

Vaccination requirements

All staff, volunteers and contractors are required to have received two doses of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine under the Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination) Direction 2021.

There are currently no vaccination requirements for patients or visitors.

Screening before entering the hospital

Before entering the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, each visitor will be required to undergo a health screening to protect our vulnerable staff, patients and their families.

We ask that visitors to the Women's and Children's Hospital comply with the following guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • All visitors over 12 years old must wear a surgical mask.
  • You will be greeted by our security concierge staff and asked a series of screening questions.
  • You will be advised that you should not enter the hospital if you have:
    • a temperature higher than 38 degrees Celsius, fever, chills or symptoms of acute respiratory infection in the preceding 72 hours.
    • had a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the test results.
    • been a known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 (unless appropriate PPE was worn).
    • tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • undertaken a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the test results, unless this was a routine COVID-19 test required to be undertaken due to cross-border travel or employment.

All adult visitors to the Women's and Children's Hospital will need to scan a QR code on entry. More information about how to use the QR codes can be found at covid-19.sa.gov.au.

Visitor restrictions

The following visitor limits apply from Thursday, 19 January 2022.

Paediatric patients

  • Inpatients – a maximum of one visitor/carer per patient per day.
  • Neonates / Nursery patients – the other parent or a second support person can visit neonates / nursery, twice a week, for a full day for each baby.
    • We ask all parents/caregivers visiting the nurseries to:
      • wear masks at all times
      • go outside to eat and drink
      • not use any shared spaces (tea rooms, etc)
    • The Nursery staff will co-ordinate a roster for each family to reduce the foot traffic and manage social distancing requirements to keep everyone safe.
  • Outpatients and Emergency – a maximum of one adult per person only, may accompany a patient to an Emergency Department or a hospital-based outpatient appointment provided physical distancing can be maintained.

Maternity patients

  • Visitors for delivery and maternity wards – a maximum of one person may attend with a woman in labour, and in the postnatal ward.
  • Outpatients and Emergency – a maximum of one individual per person only may accompany a patient to an Emergency Department or a hospital-based outpatient appointment provided physical distancing can be maintained.

All areas

  • Visitors under 18 years old are not permitted, with the exception of infants up to 12 months old

For general information on visiting public hospitals in SA, please go to:

Face masks

All visitors over 12 years old must wear a mask while at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Surgical masks will be provided on entry to the hospital, and at this time we ask that visitors do not wear cloth masks.

Staff and contractors are also required to wear masks at all times.

For more information on mask wearing, go to:

Elective surgery

From 4 January 2022, the 'Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic Direction' is in place.

This means that only urgent or emergency surgeries classified as Category 1 or 2 will be performed across SA Health hospitals.

More information, including the types of surgeries that can be performed can be found on this page of the SA Health website.

Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19

You will be contacted directly to discuss rescheduling elective surgery if required.

Patient screening for COVID-19

Making sure you are COVID-negative prior to a planned admission or surgery will ensure you are minimising the risks to yourself and to the staff taking care of you.

In addition, patients who require an anaesthetic or aerosol generating procedure will need to undertake the following surveillance tests.

Paediatric patients

  • Patients having an anaesthetic will need to have a PCR swab 72 hours prior to planned surgery, a negative test must be received for surgery to proceed.
  • All patients must isolate once they have had the swab until surgery.
  • Should families have a concerns regarding testing please contact your care team for assistance.

Maternity patients

  • Pregnant people in labour who arrive at the WCH will receive a rapid PCR test on admission
  • Those booked in for a planned cesarean or induction of labour will be booked for a PCR test the day before their procedure.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to your admission, you should seek a PCR test at a community testing site.

A list of COVID-19 testing clinics can be found on the SA Health website.

Crèche

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital Crèche is closed until further notice.

Food outlets

Our on-site food outlets the PlayDeck Café and Café on Level 2 are operating as normal with reduced seating capacity.

Our Friends of the WCH shops, Rainbows and Vic's are currently closed as our volunteers stay home.

If you would like to support our Friends by giving a donation, please visit their website https://wchfriends.com.au/

Support services

Our Starlight Captains and Clown Doctors are staying home to keep everyone safe.
Inpatients can still catch up with the Starlight team using Starlight TV.

Our Volunteer guides are currently staying home to keep safe during the current phase of the pandemic, whilst the WCH is a high-risk site.

Our volunteers are an integral part of our workforce who support, extend and enhance the work of staff across the network assisting to create a Person and Family Centred Care environment and we look forward to them returning into the future.

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