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Visitors & Visiting Hours



Under current direction of the Chief Health Officer, visitor restrictions are in place at SWH to protect patients, staff and the community.

Please see the following visitor requirements:

1. Only two visitors per patient, one at a time,  with a permitted purpose to be determined by the patient and the family that meets the permitted purposes below.

2. A pregnant woman or patient in a maternity ward can have a partner or support person visit or attend hospital with them (a birthing partner plus one nominated visitor per day). For planned  appointments to the Women’s Health Service, we prefer that you attend alone in an effort to try to reduce the number of people in the waiting room and clinics. If there are exceptional circumstances, please phone the Outpatient clinic ahead to organise this on a needs basis only

3. A patient attending the emergency department, urgent care centre or an outpatient clinic can have one nominated person accompany them if it is necessary for them to do so.

4. If a visitor is permitted, then COVID-19 screening including QR code will be required on entry, masks to be worn at ALL times, visitors with COVID-19 symptoms or visitors who have been in a COVID active area will not be permitted.


Permitted purposes for visiting SWH within the allocated visiting times 11 am– 2pm and 4pm-7pm with no more than two permitted visitors per person, one at a time;

  • if you are the parent, guardian or carer of a child under the age of 18 who is a patient in hospital.
  • if you are providing support or care for a current in-patient the patient’s immediate physical or emotional wellbeing, including support for people living with mental health conditions or dementia.
  • if you are a nominated person under the Mental Health Act.
  • if you are providing interpreter or informal language support to enable the delivery of care by the care team.
  • if you are learning to support the patient’s care upon discharge.
  • a patient whose medical condition is life threatening.
  • the partner or support person of a patient in a maternity ward, whose status as a patient relates to pregnancy or childbirth.

Please liaise with the Nurse Unit Manager if you have any enquiries.

Non-essential contractors are restricted from entry

Page last updated: 19 September 2021

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