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COVID-19
Updates to pre-operation screening processes from 12 September 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.

COVIDKids – Referrals

COVID Kids

COVIDKids is a dedicated virtual service providing specialist support for children and young people diagnosed with COVID-19 requiring additional specialist review.

COVIDKids is a non-urgent service for COVID-19 positive children who:

  • have pre-existing complex care needs
  • require ongoing observation/clinical input
  • require non-urgent face to face review.

COVIDKids assesses eligibility for, and coordinates provision of antiviral therapy to children at high risk.

To access COVIDKids, a GP referral must be provided:

  • Email Health.wchncovidkids@sa.gov.au for non-urgent cases
  • For more urgent referrals (requiring case discussion or patients likely to require antiviral therapy AND are day 4 or 5), please phone the COVIDKids duty doctor via WCH switchboard on 08 8161 7000 (8:00am – 9:00pm)

Referral forms


Please note (current September 2022)

  • Antiviral therapy to be started by day 5 (Paxlovid) or day 7 (Remdesivir)
  • Email referrals received prior to 2:00pm will be reviewed the same day. Referrals after 2:00pm may be deferred until next morning.
  • COVIDKids only accepts referrals via GP/Paediatrician.

COVIDKids is not an outpatient clinic. Children with suspected Long COVID-19 can be referred to the General Paediatrics department at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre or Lyell McEwin Hospital, or to a community paediatrician.