Visitors at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
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Visitors play an important part in any patient’s hospital stay and are welcome at the hospital.
Visitors are encouraged to visit between 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm any day for all general wards.
Visitors are generally restricted to two persons per patient at a time (special units may have other restrictions). Should your friends and relatives be unable to visit during normal visiting hours, other arrangements may be made through the senior registered nurse in your ward. Children visiting must be directly supervised by an adult at all times.
Arrangements can be made for parents and relatives to stay with critically ill patients for extended periods. This is subject to healthcare considerations for the patient and to the needs of other patients in the ward. Special arrangements apply to the Intensive Care and Coronary Care units. Please check with the registered nurse.
Patients and visitors should be aware that during visiting hours patients may sometimes require special treatment or examinations during which visitors may be asked to wait or leave. Your visitors will be advised when they may return following completion of the necessary treatment.
Long visits may tire patients so visitors are encouraged to stay for short periods only. If patients do not wish to see a visitor they should inform the registered nurse/ward clerk. While the hospital will endeavour to meet patients’ wishes, it is however difficult to screen all visitors to the ward.
For patients and visitors needing accommodation there are many suitable choices close to the hospital. For more information visit the SA Tourism website.
There are three car parking areas around and close to the hospital. However, space is limited and visitors may be required to park a block or two from the hospital.
Car parking fees have been implemented at our hospital from 17 October 2011. More information including fees and exemptions are available on the metropolitan hospitals car parking page.
The hospital is wheelchair accessible and there are toilets for people with disability. Please ask at Reception.
A dedicated disabled park is provided at Gate 2 northern side of the hospital.
A row of disabled parking is also available in the southern visitor’s car park at Gate 5 on the Emergency side of the hospital.
The main visitor’s car park at Gate 1 also contains some disabled parks.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is serviced by a wide range of bus services depending on the time and day. Buses travel between the city and the Port Adelaide area along Port Road. The routes are 150, 155, 157 (excluding 157X).Bus stop 21 is located near the intersection of Woodville and Port Roads.
Transit Link and Circle Line buses stop at Bus Stop 219 outside the hospital on Woodville Road. These include route numbers 100, 101, J7 and 300.
For more information about local bus services and bus timetables, please visit the Adelaide Metro website.
Visitors can also travel to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital by utilising the Adelaide to Grange rail line to the Woodville Station on Glenys Nunn Drive just 80 metres from Woodville Road. From Woodville Road regular public bus services can be accessed to travel the remaining 900 metres to the hospital.
For more information about local train services and train timetables, please visit the Adelaide Metro website.
Adelaide Independent Taxi - telephone: 13 22 11
Suburban Taxi - telephone: 131 008
Yellow Cab Co - telephone: 13 22 27
If patients are transported to or from hospital by ambulance, or between hospitals at their request, they will be responsible for payments of any SA Ambulance Service accounts for transport.
The Friends of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Our hospital is situated in the historic suburb of Woodville South, in the western suburbs of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia.
In 1959 a volunteer organisation was introduced, which later became The Friends of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The Friends are a not-for-profit organisation with their own constitution and guidelines.
There are approximately 90 volunteers who perform various duties in the hospital under the guidance of an Executive Committee of 13 members.
The Coordinator of The Friends is the only paid employee. This position involves supervising the day-to-day running of the duties of The Friends. Volunteer activities are based on a roster system which is handled by the Coordinator.
There are twelve hospital services plus three ancillary duties that enhance the work of The Friends, as well as The Friends’ Posy and Craft Shop. A one ‘off campus’ duty has been included - this is drivers.
Volunteers contribute more than 400 hours a week to the hospital.
Aim of The Friends
The motto is "Service to the Patients", so the emphasis of The Friends’ activities is based on personal service.
Objectives of The Friends
The objectives are to assist patients, visitor’s and staff at the hospital in any manner that they are able, to supplement the comfort, convenience and peace of mind of the patients and their relatives and friends and to raise funds for the purpose of providing additional patient and visitor amenities in the hospital.
What the friends do?
The Friends offer a volunteer service of care and support for all patients attending and staying in the hospital, with special emphasis on helping those without family assistance.
Our volunteers offer a range of important services across the hospital. We provide encouragement and a friendly smile when patients or visitors most need it - more so for patients when visitors are not available.
Our volunteers visits each patient admitted from The Emergency Department to explain how we might assist. Some of these patients have not been able to prepare properly for a hospital stay. We give out Patient Information Packs to all new arrivals. We visit bedside if someone is lonely and needs a friendly ear, or make a phone call for patients when necessary.
Guides and main entrances
Our volunteers are in attendance at the main entrances of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm Monday to Thursday and until 12noon Friday. We are pleased to offer this service to enable patients, visitors or people with appointments to remain stress free as we guide them to where they need to be within the hospital.
We have a devoted team of trained volunteers who assist staff, and also patients when they come into the hectic emergency area. Volunteers are often a point of call for people needing someone to talk to while waiting for the busy hospital staff. These volunteers assist staff to do other jobs freeing them up to attend to patients.
Special volunteers, who themselves may have had a stroke, visit stroke patients here at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. These volunteers offer encouragement support and printed articles about stroke and recovery. Information/discussion sessions are also held by arrangement, for families and their loved one suffering from a stroke.
We have a trolley with some of the items patients may need during their stay. We try to circulate to all wards regularly selling basic toiletries. The Ward Clerk can contact us any week day requesting an item if patients are un-able to arrange any visitors to help them.
These volunteers help patients who experience transport difficulties. Volunteer drivers transport patients to and from the hospital to attend their outpatient appointments. Special criteria apply for eligibility for this service.
Tea and coffee trolleys
The Friends operate a tea and coffee trolley which visits waiting areas and clinics each morning and afternoon. Volunteers offer waiting patients and visitors a good quality cup of tea or coffee with biscuits at a small cost. Hot chocolate is also offered in the cooler months along with cordial at all times.
A member of TPI visits all patients carrying a DVA card once or twice a week to offer assistance where necessary or just to have a quiet chat.
A number of fundraising events are held each year to raise much needed funds. Profits from The Friends Shop are also put towards the fundraising efforts. The Friends are a not-for-profit organisation and funds raised are used to purchase equipment and amenities for the comfort and treatment of patients at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Our Shop has been recently upgraded and is a major fund raiser for The Friends. The Shop is staffed by volunteers who sell a wide assortment of goods. These include stuffed toys, cards, flower arrangements, both silk and fresh, handmade craft goods and hand knitted baby wear. Gifts or much needed in stay items may be purchased. TV vouchers for inpatients are also available along with a dry cleaning service.