Visiting public hospitals during COVID-19

The safety and welfare of people in our hospital and health services during COVID-19 pandemic means there are some restrictions for visitors.

The below visitor guidelines have been developed to protect staff, patients and visitors.

Check with the individual hospital for local visitor information before you visit.

Visitor restrictions

Visitors should not enter a hospital or residential care facility if they have :

  • a temperature higher than 38 degrees Celsius, fever, chills or symptoms of acute respiratory infection in the preceding 72 hours
  • been a known contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 (unless appropriate PPE was worn)
  • tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • been to a specified location, and are subject to the relevant level 1, level 2, level 3, level 4, level 5 or level 6 requirements as outlined in the Cross Border Travel Direction.

South Australia Lockdown Visitor Restrictions

Due to the current lockdown in South Australia, relatives and friends (including children under the age of 16) are not permitted to visit patients in hospital unless it is as part of their carer responsibilities.
Exemptions may be granted for compassionate reasons at the discretion of the Health Service.  


If visitation is part of a carers’ responsibilities, the below visitation restrictions apply:

Adult patients

Hospital inpatients

Maximum of one visitor per day, during established visiting periods.

Outpatients and Emergency

Maximum of one visitor may accompany a patient to an Emergency Department or a hospital based outpatient appointment provided physical distancing can be maintained.

Maternity patients

Delivery and postnatal wards

Maximum of one designated visitor may attend with a woman in labour, and in the ward environment.

Outpatients and Emergency

Maximum of one visitor may accompany a patient to an Emergency Department or a hospital based outpatient appointment, provided physical distancing can be maintained.

Paediatric patients

Inpatients

Maximum of one adult visitor per day, during established visiting periods.

Neonates/Neonatal ICU patients

Maximum of two visitors are allowed to visit at one time, per day.


Outpatients and Emergency

Maximum of one visitor may accompany a patient to an Emergency Department or a hospital-based outpatient appointment.

Palliative, end of life or critically unwell patients

A maximum of two individuals are allowed to visit at one time, per day.

In the terminal phase of a terminal illness the Local Health Network has the discretion to determine the appropriate visitor numbers for compassionate reasons, considering the environment and ability to social distance.

A maximum of two visitors for critically ill patients (including neonatal) at any time. More than one pair may visit in the same day if clinically appropriate at the discretion of the LHN.

For more information see the Aged Care – COVID-19 page.