Important Updates for Hospital Visitors

COVID-19 Visiting Restrictions

Hospital Visitors: Changes and Restrictions

From 31 October, we are now restricting visitors at all our hospitals to maximum of two visitors per 1 hour visiting session, with two 1 hour visiting sessions allowed per day. This means four individuals could visit across the two visitor sessions.

The visiting hours have also been restricted to between 1pm – 6pm daily.

A maximum of two visitors, twice a day for two hours. This means four individuals could visit across the two sessions.

As a precautionary measure ALL visitors will have their temperature checked.

You will also be asked:

  • Have you returned from overseas or from a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a person confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19?
  • Have you visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days?
  • Are you feeling unwell with any flu-like symptoms?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, or have a temperature of 37.5 degrees or above, you will not be permitted to enter the facility.

Visitors to hospitals and other public health facilities will be asked to wear a mast upon entering. Masks help us protect ourselves and each other.

Maternity, Women’s Care Units, and Birth Suites

For Maternity, Women’s Care Units and Birthing Suites we’re restricting the visitors to two support people per birth, with no other visitors while in hospital. Siblings of the child can now visit, on the condition they are well.

Birthing services are continuing at hospitals in Northern NSW Local Health District. Women who are expecting to give birth in coming weeks should continue with their birthing plans as developed with their care providers.

Our normal practice of supporting women to return home as quickly as possible to be with their family and loved ones will continue.

For more information about Maternity Services click here.

Ante-natal Clinics

We are also reducing the number of face-to-face ante-natal clinics. We’ll be contacting women to develop individual plans that will include consultations over the phone where possible. Our midwives are available 24 hours a day for ongoing support. Please don’t hesitate to contact your midwife or doctor for more information.

Multi-Purpose Services

For Multi-Purpose Services like Kyogle, Bonalbo, Nimbin, and Urbenville, patients and residents may have up to four designated visitors a day, with no more than two at a time for a maximum of one hour. Visitors will also need proof of a 2020 flu vaccination.

Specific information for carers regarding COVID-19 is available on the Australian Government’s Carers Gateway site