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COVID-19
Information for the community – Updated guidelines from 27 July 2021
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.

Family and friends of patients at the Women's and Children's Hospital are welcome to visit. Visiting hours vary according to the needs of individual patients. Please contact the ward where the patient is staying before coming to visit.

Flexible visiting hours

The Women’s and Children’s Health Network is committed to providing person and family centred care and strives to ensure that our consumers and their families are involved in shared decision making and supported to manage their own healthcare.

Having family and caregivers present as support people in a hospital setting can significantly contribute to improved consumer experience and outcomes.

We have created flexible visiting hours in each of our clinical areas to promote family / caregiver involvement in the care of our consumers.

Please note that family members or other caregivers may be asked to leave clinical areas at various times to enable clinical care to take place. On these occasions this will be explained to the family / caregiver.

*Changes to visiting hours can be negotiated within all clinical services as required

Children’s wards
  • Parents / caregivers/ family support persons: unlimited access
  • Extended family and friends: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Neonatal nurseries
  • Parents / caregivers/ family support persons: unlimited access
  • Extended family and friends: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Women’s wards (antenatal, gynaecology, delivery suite, postnatal ward)
  • Parents / caregivers/ family support persons: 8:00am – 9:00pm
  • Extended family and friends: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Child and Family Health Service (Torrens house)
  • Parents / caregivers/ family support persons: unlimited access
  • Extended family and friends (to be negotiated*)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (mallee ward)
  • Parents / caregivers/ family support persons: 10:00am – 8:00pm with negotiation*
  • Extended family and friends (to be negotiated*)
Helen Mayo House
  • Parents / caregivers/ family support persons: unlimited access
  • Extended family and friends: 10am – 9pm or as negotiated*

Visitor restrictions are in place for COVID-19.

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The Women's and Children's Hospital has a commitment to provide visitors access to patient wards in line with our person and family-centred care approach.

Family and friends of patients at the Women's and Children's Hospital are welcome to visit.

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

Visiting hours

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

Visiting hours in the postnatal and antenatal/gynaecology wards are from 1:00pm to 8:00pm daily. A rest period is encouraged between 1:00pm and 2:00pm. 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, please:

  • Telephone the Hospital switchboard on (08) 8161 7000, or
  • Ask at the enquiry desk at the entrance to the Queen Victoria Building (women patients), or
  • Ask at the enquiry desk near the Kermode Street entrance (child patients)

Please be considerate

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 (e.g. head lice)
  • Impetigo (school sores)
  • Scabies
  • Tuberculosis

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