Visiting a health facility in the ACT?
Health care facilities in the ACT have made precautionary changes to keep our most vulnerable patients safe and to further protect staff and visitors. For more information click here.
Due to the COVID-19 response, we need to keep making changes to the way we deliver Women, Youth and Children health services to keep our women and babies safe. We encourage you to regularly check our Temporary changes page for the latest advice.
An early pregnancy and parenting support phone line has been established to support women with early pregnancy, maternal and child health, breastfeeding and emotional wellbeing concerns. You can call 5124 1775 from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. Please leave a voicemail with your name, best contact number and reason for your call and a health professional will return your call.
For the latest information, please read the COVID-19 information for pregnant women fact sheet.
Updated 29 June
Visitor restrictions currently in place
Visitor restrictions are currently in place at all health facilities and community health centres in the ACT. These are complemented by continued health screening, wearing a surgical mask, physical distancing, and hand hygiene measures, which are the frontline of our defence against COVID-19.
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 attending antenatal outpatient appointments can be accompanied by a support person.
- Women admitted for care related to birthing may have up to two support persons present. This should be pre-planned with the relevant midwifery and obstetric treating team during antenatal care.
- Patients attending an outpatient and/or a community health clinic(s) should, where possible, attend alone. If patients do require a support person, this should be limited to one person.
Children and young people (0-17 years) should avoid visiting health facilities, where possible.
The decision to continue to restrict visitors to our health facilities is always a difficult one, but it ensures we can protect the health and safety of everyone. This is especially necessary for our most vulnerable, particularly patients whose health is already compromised.
Compassionate exceptions to the visitor policy will continue to be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the relevant treating team and executive staff.
We understand these times can be stressful and we thank you for your patience.
We have zero tolerance for violence or aggression towards our staff or others.
Anyone exhibiting this behaviour may be refused entry.
Welcome to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC).
The hospital is located on the Canberra Hospital campus and offers a range of services for women, children and families.
Visiting hours for parents and main carers is unrestricted. All other visitors are allowed between 6am and 9pm.
For afterhours access, please press the buzzer at the Centenary Hospital front entrance and security can let you in.
For more information on patient and general visiting hours and other general queries please contact the Canberra Hospital switchboard on 02 5124 0000.