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Welcome to Canberra Hospital.
Visitor restrictions – changes to take effect from Monday 13 July 2020
From Monday 13 July, all hospitals and community health centres across the ACT are returning to tighter visitor restrictions.
This is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria and recent positive cases in the ACT.
The visitor policy includes:
- One visitor per patient, per day.
- Admitted babies, children and young people (0 -17 years) may have one parent/carer present at all times, with an additional visitor up to one hour each day.
- Women who are admitted for care related to birthing may have up to two support persons present. This needs to be pre-planned with the relevant midwifery and obstetric staff during antenatal care.
- If you are attending an outpatient and/or a community health clinic you should, wherever possible, attend alone. If you require a support person, please limit this to one person.
Social distancing principles will continue to apply to all carers and visitors, while children and young people (0-17 years) should avoid visiting health facilities wherever possible.
The decision to restrict visitors to our health services is always a difficult one, but it ensures we can protect the health and safety of patients, staff and their loved ones. This is especially necessary for our most vulnerable, particularly patients whose health is already compromised.
Staff have been asked to use compassion and common sense to ensure you receive the support you need.
Visitors will continue to be screened before they can access our premises and will not be permitted entry if they answer yes to any of the following questions:
- Do you currently have sudden loss of smell or taste, a fever, sore throat or runny nose?
- Have you returned from overseas or a cruise ship in the last 14 days?
- Have you been in close contact in the last 14 days with anyone who has confirmed COVID-19?
Patients attending an outpatient clinic have been asked not to bring anyone unless absolutely necessary. If patients do need to bring someone, they are asked to limit this to one person.
Visitors are asked not to bring children to Canberra Hospital where possible.
Latest news - 1 July
Elective surgery update
Canberra Health Services has a comprehensive plan to ensure the ACT remains in a strong position to respond to any COVID-19 outbreak while also performing additional surgeries and procedures.
Canberra's public and private health systems will work together to ensure these additional surgeries can be performed, running the equivalent of two extra theatres for 250 days over the next 12 months.
Anyone who is waiting for elective surgery should contact their medical professional to seek advice about how to best manage their condition, particularly if they feel that their condition is deteriorating.
Patients wanting to know their status on the elective surgery waitlist can call the Elective Surgery Hotline on 02 5124 9889.
The Canberra Hospital (TCH) is the largest public hospital in our region. We provide care to more than 500,000 people through a range of services that include acute inpatient and day services, outpatient services, women’s and children’s services, paediatrics and pathology.
Our visiting hours are from 6am to 9pm daily.
Please see the Emergency Department for information about our emergency services.
You can contact our switchboard on (02) 5124 0000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call +61 2 5124 0000 for international calls.
Garran ACT 2605
PO Box 11
Woden ACT 2606