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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information for patients and visitors

What to do if you are worried you have coronavirus, have an upcoming admission or want to visit a loved one in hospital.

26 May 2022

COVID Clinic

Clinic location

  • St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital’s COVID Clinic is only accessible via our main entrance located on the corner of Yelverton Drive and Centennial Place. 
  • Download map for location.

Note: the COVID Clinic is closing on 15 July. Please see other COVID testing clinic locations

Clinic opening hours:

  • Every day: 8.00am to 8.00pm

Hours are subject to change. Please arrive 15 minutes before closing time. No bookings are required and expect delays during peak periods (bring water, something to read and dress for the weather – sun protection may be required). 

Please pre-register your details online for your COVID test beforehand, to assist with the processing of your test. Complete the pre-registration form here.

More information on COVID testing.

Information for visitors

The following restrictions apply for anyone visiting a patient in hospital:

Daily visiting hours:

  • 10.00am to 12.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm - Up to two adult visitors for general wards. No children under 16 years can attend, unless pre-approved by the ward for end of life or compassionate reasons.
  • 10.00am to 12.00pm and 5.00pm to 7.00pm - Up to two adult visitors for maternity ward (this includes the birth support person). 
  • Only one person (birth support person) can attend the Birth Suite. To find out more information about arrangements for maternity patient and visitor restrictions, click here.

Anybody wishing to enter the hospital as a visitor must now (patients not included):

  • Show proof of double vaccination (you may also be asked to provide proof of your identify) - exemptions may apply*
  • Wear a surgical mask at all times while on hospital premises
  • Register your visit by QR code or a manual register at the check-in desk
  • Adhere to public health measures, including physical distancing of 1.5 metres and hand hygiene.
  • Limit movement around the hospital to just visiting a patient.

Do not visit the hospital if you are a close contact or have COVID-like symptoms.

You may be asked to undertake a rapid antigen test (RAT) on arrival. If you have recently had COVID, please bring along proof of having tested positive.

Please allow extra time to be screened and enter the hospital. 

We acknowledge the inconvenience of these measures but ask that you remain patient and courteous to our staff as they strive to keep you and your loved ones safe. Abuse of our staff will not be tolerated.

*Note: Exemptions can include a birth support person (an unvaccinated birth support person will be limited to the birth suite only and cannot attend outpatient appointments or the maternity ward), parent or designated guardian of an admitted child (including a neonate), designated guardian for a patient living with a disability, an end-of-life support person, family member or friend required to visit a patient in the case of an emergency and on compassionate grounds. Please contact the patient's ward to apply for an exemption. 

Visits outside of standard visiting times

Visits outside of normal visiting hours will be restricted to people deemed carers or essential visitors.

A person may be considered a carer or essential visitor if they are a birth support person, parent or designated guardian of an admitted child (including a neonate), designated guardian for a patient living with a disability, an end-of-life support person, family member or friend required to visit a patient in the case of an emergency.

In the absence of visiting in-person, we will work closely with patients and loved ones to facilitate interaction via video communications mediums (Skype, FaceTime etc.)

Maternity visitor and patient information

To find out more information about Maternity patient and visitor restrictions, click here.

Emergency Department visitor restrictions

Only one visitor is allowed for patients in the main Emergency Department (note: visitors must be over 16 years of age unless they meet the essential visitor criteria).

Visitors may be asked to wait outside while the patient undertakes a rapid antigen test (RAT) in the forward triage marquee, as only essential visitors are allowed in this area.

Essential visitors are:

  • Nominated birth support person

  • Nominated guardian/carer of a child

  • Nominated guardian/carer for a patient living with a disability

  • Support person who is visiting due to critical illness or end of life care (partners/spouses and significant others).

 Note: some visitors may be required to undertake a RAT, depending on the situation.

Visitors for outpatient appointments

Please attend a booked appointment on your own, as no visitors can attend outpatient appointments, this includes maternity/antenatal, chemotherapy, medical, nursing and allied health appointments.

Some exemptions may apply (such as one parent or designated guardian of a newborn baby or child or designated guardian for a patient living with a disability). Please contact the relevant Outpatient Department before an appointment for more information.  

Please note we are offering telehealth outpatient appointments, where possible, which can be done from a device at home with another person.

Information for patients

Surgery

As per State Government guidelines, all patients undertaking planned elective surgery are required to have a RAT prior to their procedure.

Please undertake a RAT in the three hours before your admission time. A RAT can be collected from the hospital or you can use your own. For more information

Please contact the hospital for further advice if you have tested positive to COVID anytime in the past 12 weeks or been a close contact in the past two weeks, as your surgery may need to be delayed. 

You should also contact the hospital if you have:

  • a fever or flu-like symptoms
  • temperature greater than 37.5 degrees
  • been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results.

Outpatient group therapy and hydrotherapy pool

  • Outpatient group therapy sessions are currently unavailable (telehealth will be provided where possible).
  • Hydrotherapy pool sessions are currently unavailable.

More information

  • Call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
  • You can also access the WA Government website for your state for the latest information regarding COVID.