This page provides information and updates about the Women's and Children's Hospital's COVID-19 response.
Update – 27 July 2021
In line with SA Government directions aimed at protecting our
staff, patients and their families, please see below our current visitor
restrictions and details on screening questions and services available.
If you are in quarantine, but currently pregnant and need to attend the WCH, please call our Women's Assessment Service on 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.
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, go to our COVID-19 Testing Clinic page.
The SA Health State Control Centre has updated its visitor guidelines as we work together to protect our staff, patients and their families.
If you are visiting our hospital, you will be asked to comply with the following visitor policy.
Visitors should not enter a hospital if they 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.
- arrived from another state or have visited a site that is listed on the SA Health Contact Tracing web page.
- 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 the COVID SAfe app and how to use the QR codes can be found at covid-19.sa.gov.au.
- Inpatients – a maximum of one individual per stay, at any time during current, established visiting periods.
- Neonates / Neonatal ICU patients – a maximum of two individuals are allowed to visit at one time.
- 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. LHN’s will have oversight of this for compliance with physical distancing.
- Visitors for delivery and maternity wards – a maximum of one individual visitor may attend with a woman in labour, and in the ward environment.
- 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. LHN’s will have oversight of this for compliance with physical distancing.
Palliative Care or Critically unwell patients
- Where appropriate and safe, visitors are permitted for palliative/end of life care providing physical distancing requirements can be achieved. Local Health Networks have discretionary ability for compassionate reasons.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)
- Only two parents or primary care givers are permitted as visitors (no children).
There is flexibility for special circumstances, so please contact your care team directly to discuss your individual situation.
For general information on visiting public hospitals in SA, please go to:
- Visiting public hospitals during COVID-19 (SA Health web site)
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.
For more information on mask wearing, go to:
Each visitor will be asked to undergo a health screening prior to entering the Women's and Children's Hospital.
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
- you have had a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the test results
- you have arrived from another state or have visited a site that is listed on the SA Health Contact tracing web page.
- you have been a known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 (unless appropriate PPE was worn in the case of attendance for emergency treatment)
- you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Entry is still permitted for consumers requiring emergency treatment, but they must declare any of the above on arrival to the entry points and at the triage desk. They will be provided with surgical face masks on entry or on arrival at triage.
Note that the whole of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital is classified as a high risk site/setting.
Please also note the following changes to our on-site food outlets:
- PlayDeck Cafe: Open for dine-in and takeaway
- Cafe on Level 2: Open for dine-in and takeaway
- Rainbows Cafe: Open for takeaway, but variable opening hours due to our volunteers staying home at this time
- Vic's Coffee Shop: Closed
Our Starlight Express Room will also be closed for the remainder of the week. Our Starlight Captains will continue entertaining our patients through Starlight TV.
Information about our services during COVID-19
You will be contacted to discuss rescheduling elective surgery if required.
The Women’s and Children’s Hospital Creche is closed until further notice.