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

What to expect if you have an upcoming admission or want to visit a loved one in hospital.

12 Jul 2021

Information for patients

Surgeries

Elective surgeries are being managed in-line with WA Government guidelines, in addition to our continued focus on providing urgent care. 

If there are any changes to your scheduled surgery, your specialist will be in touch to discuss this with you.

Please contact the hospital for further advice if you have:

  • a fever or flu-like symptoms;
  • temperature greater than 37.5 degrees; 
  • travelled outside of the state in last 14 days;
  • been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to the virus please call ahead.

Information for visitors

Restrictions:

Visiting hours: 3.00pm to 8.00pm. 
Maternity visiting hours: 3.00pm to 5.30pm and 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

Restrictions are being eased in-line with WA Government guidelines:

  • Please maintain hand hygiene and social distancing guidelines.
  • No person should be visiting or working at the site if they feel unwell.

The current list of potential exposure sites is on the WA Health website. Anyone who has symptoms or who has attended one or more of the potential exposure sites at the specified times, must present for testing and isolate until you are notified of a negative result.

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.) 

Visitor sign-in

All visitors to the hospital are required to sign in via the Safe WA App and QR code to collect contact details, in accordance with current Public Health Orders, to assist in contact tracing.

Instructions will be displayed at the entrance to guide visitors to access registration using your smartphone camera.  If you do not have a smartphone you can provide your details at the major entrances to the hospital on a paper register. 

All information collected is stored securely by St John of God Health Care and the Government of WA, in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act that operates in Australia. The information is temporarily held for a period of 28 days and then automatically deleted if not required for contact tracing purposes.

Thank you for your compliance with this process and assisting us to keep those within our facility safe.

More information

  • If you are seeking assistance, or testing for coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit your nearest COVID-19 clinic; or contact your GP.
  • 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-19.

FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and our hospital care.

We are taking a range of measures and precautions to protect our patients. This includes:

  • additional cleaning and sanitation measures
  • limiting visitors 
  • screening patients and visitors in order to provide safe care
  • prohibiting those arriving from overseas into our buildings
  • equipping wards with appropriate protective equipment 
  • preparing our negative pressure rooms for suspected cases
  • cashless transactions.
Planned elective surgeries may change depending on the latest State guidelines and restrictions. If your surgery is affected your specialist will be in contact to discuss this with you.

We have a comprehensive range of coronavirus (COVID-19) precaution measures in place to ensure we are mitigating the risk of infection and ask that you support us in this.

For your safety and that of our caregivers, many St John of God Health Care services are now offering online appointments. If your appointment can be done online (via telehealth) and this is your preferred option, you will receive an email before your appointment so you can connect with us.

We understand you want to ensure you and your family to have the best care in the safest possible environment.

We have cancelled all maternity ward tours and antenatal classes until further notice to reduce foot traffic in our maternity ward.

If required parent education classes and information online will be offered instead of our traditional face-to-face sessions. The online classes cover a range of topics from what to expect at hospital, preparing for childbirth, early parenting and breastfeeding. Women who are booked in to give birth with us will be contacted via email with the details to attend.

Our birthing suite and patient rooms have and will continue to undergo a rigorous cleaning and sanitation schedule.

Our midwives, ward and support caregivers are under strict screening processes. We also encourage you to limit visitors both in hospital and on your return home to protect your family and our other patients.

Children are counted as individual visitors. COVID-19 visitor restrictions may apply depending on hospital location.

If you are seeking assistance, or testing for coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit your nearest COVID-19 clinic; or contact your GP via phone.

COVID-19 clinic details are available here:

There is a hotline available 24/7 on 1800 020 080.

 

Our emergency departments are open 24/7 for a range of emergency conditions. 

If you need to present with flu-like symptoms, please consider going to a COVID-19 clinic where the fastest testing, precautions and treatment can be applied.

COVID-19 clinic details are available here:

There is a hotline available 24/7 on 1800 020 080.

You can use cash to pay for your parking in our machines. For all face-to-face payment transactions, including our cafes, we ask that cards are used at this time.

Telehealth

Telehealth offers the ability to access care from the home, work or other private space without the need for a face-to-face appointment.

St John of God Health Care uses both phone and video call to connect you to your healthcare providers.