Why we need visitor restrictions
COVID is still present in our community and in our hospitals right across the state – including at the Women’s.
While vaccination is very effective at reducing the risk of serious illness and hospitalisation, a fully vaccinated person can still catch COVID and unknowingly spread it to another person. This may include:
- people who cannot be vaccinated
- young children and babies who are not vaccinated
- people who have a serious illness or weak immune system. In these situations, the consequences of contracting the virus can be devastating.
At the Women’s, our patients include COVID positive pregnant women, unvaccinated preterm babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), unvaccinated people and very unwell people.
This is why we are minimising the number of hospital visitors.
As a busy public hospital, we need to limit the number of people in our building, regardless of their vaccination status. This helps us to maintain physical distancing and density limits, and protect our patients and staff.
As a busy public hospital, we need to limit the number of people in our building. This helps us to maintain physical distancing and density limits, and protect our patients and staff.
We understand that everyone needs someone to support them during challenging and difficult times. And we know coming to hospital can be scary and confronting for many people. This is why we currently allow two visitors (including a partner or support person) for each patient staying on our wards.
We are working hard to care for COVID positive patients, to protect and care for patients without COVID, and to ensure our health system can continue to provide excellent care.
Thank you for your kindness, understanding and support.
The Women’s team