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Information last updated 17 November 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.

The Women's and Children's Hospital campus is classified as a high-risk setting under the Public Health Act 2011.

This means visitors need to wear a surgical mask while on-site and adhere to the relevant guidance on visitor numbers for the area you are attending.

Full details of visitor limits in each area of the hospital can be found below, please contact your care team to request an exemption if you require additional support people.

If you are pregnant and have COVID-19 or are a close contact, you can still attend the WCH. 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.

Information about our services during COVID-19

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.

Visitor restrictions

If you are COVID-19 positive:

  • Don't visit the WCH for at least 7 days following a positive test and not until all acute symptoms have cleared

If you are a close contact:

  • Don't visit the WCH for at least 7 days
  • Don't visit if you are unwell and seek testing as advised by SA Health.

Current visitor restrictions - 14 October 2022

  • No visitor restrictions for general WCH inpatients
  • No visitor restrictions on palliative care, end of life or critically unwell inpatients
  • A limit of 2 visitors for COVID-19 positive inpatients
  • A limit of 1 visitor for paediatric emergency and outpatients departments
  • A limit of 2 visitors for delivery, postnatal and antenatal/gynae wards
  • A limit of 2 visitors for neonates/neonatal ICU inpatients
  • A limit of 2 visitors for PICU inpatients
  • A limit of 2 visitors for children’s oncology ward inpatients.

As always, please continue to take safety measures to manage the risk, including hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing and requiring PPE usage in certain settings.

Speak with your care team to request an exemption to any of these restrictions.

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

Vaccination requirements

All staff, volunteers and contractors are required to have received at least two doses of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine and to have had a booster or a booking for their booster.

There are currently no vaccination requirements for patients or visitors.

Face masks

All visitors over 12 years old must wear a mask while at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Surgical masks are available on entry to the hospital, and 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

Elective surgeries for paediatric patients are continuing at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

The WCH is prioritising any urgent elective surgeries.

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

Patient screening for COVID-19

From Monday 12 September 2022, all patients scheduled for surgery no longer require a PCR swab before their admission.

Instead, those booked for elective surgery will be contacted by their surgical team the day before their procedure for an individual assessment.

This will be used for both Paediatric and Women’s patients.

Those requiring emergency surgery will be assessed prior to their operation.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to your admission you should continue to adhere to the latest SA Health advice and seek appropriate testing.

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.

Rainbows Shop

Rainbows is now open, with a limited menu

Rainbows Shop is situated in the Kermode Street foyer. The shop sells a variety of freshly made food and drinks including sandwiches, snack foods and barista-made coffee. It also sells flowers, gifts, cards, magazines and toys.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 7:00am – 4.30pm (closed on weekends and public holidays)

If you would like to support our Friends by giving a donation, please visit their website.

Vic's Coffee Shop

Update, Monday 11 July – Vic's Coffee Shop is now open!

Vic's Coffee Shop is situated in the Queen Victoria Building foyer. Vic's sells a variety of freshly made food and drinks including sandwiches, snacks and barista-made coffee. It also sells Metrocards, flowers, gifts, magazines, toiletries and baby items.

Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm.

If you would like to support our Friends by giving a donation, please please visit their website.

Support services

Our Starlight Captains and Clown Doctors are now back at the WCH and visiting patients on the wards in a COVID-Safe way.

The Starlight Express Room in now open from 1:30pm to 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

At other times, inpatients can watch the action using Starlight TV.

Our Volunteer guides are now back on-site at the Kermode Street entrance information booth.

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.

SA Health information

Multicultural Information

Information about COVID-19 has been translated into multiple languages for you to access and share. For more information go to:

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