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Visiting Family/Friends in Hospital?

What you need to know before visiting a hospital or multipurpose health service


To help us protect patients, staff and the community against the spread of COVID-19, we have taken steps to restrict visitor numbers to our facilities.

COVID-19 screening is in place for visitors to Southern NSW Local Health District health services. All staff and visitors are required to wear a mask.

While visitors from areas of increased surveillance (hotspots) will not be permitted into health facilities, anyone needing medical assistance will be seen, regardless of where they have travelled from.

Visiting will be limited too to the following persons: 

  • a patient under the age of 18 years—a parent or guardian of the patient or another person who has temporary care of the patient
  • the patient’s carer or guardian
  • a client who is pregnant - the patient’s partner or support person
  • a patient attending the hospital’s emergency department - a person accompanying the patient
  • a patient attending an outpatient appointment at the hospital - a person accompanying the patient
  • a person at the hospital for the purposes of end-of-life support for the patient
  • a child under 16 years of aged should be accompanied by a supervising adult.

We encourage the use of mobile and digital technology by patients to maintain contact with loved ones in all our facilities. 

The steps are necessary in order to protect against the potential spread of COVID-19, and we appreciate the patience and understanding of the community during this time.

If you have any questions, please contact your local hospital site for more information.

Please avoid bringing children under 16 years of age to the hospital or multipurpose service.

When entering the hospital

  • All persons entering the hospital, will
    • have their temperature tested,
    • asked a series of screening questions,
    • directed to use the hand sanitiser provided when you enter and leave
    • be asked to wear a mask

When entering the multipurpose service where there are aged care residents  

  • All persons entering the hospital, must have been vaccinated for influzenza
  • have their temperature tested,
  • asked a series of screening questions
  • directed to use the hand sanitiser provided when you enter and leave
  • be asked to wear a mask if entering one of our emergency departments

When visiting

  • Remember social distancing rules apply at all times. Stay 1.5 metres apart from anyone you encounter in the hospitals


  • you are unwell, have come into contact with someone that has been confirmed with COVID, returned from overseas or have been to one of the following locations in the last 14 days, do not visit a patient in our hospitals or multipurpose services.
  • If you have been tested for COVID and are awaiting results

What do I need to know about visiting patients in hospital?

  • Visiting patients in hospital is beneficial to their wellbeing, so we encourage visitors but for the comfort of all patients. 
  • In some parts of the hospital, such as the High Dependency Unit and emergency, only one person is allowed by the bedside at a time. 
  • Whilst visiting a patient, we ask that you please keep noise to a minimum so as not to disturb the wellbeing and recovery of other patients.

After Hours access can be arranged if required.

Hospital Etiquette    

Being aware and considerate really helps us to keep our hospitals and facilities safe. This includes understanding when you should and shouldn’t visit.

We ask that you always follow the basic rules of hand hygiene and if you’re not well, don’t visit until you are feeling better.

Often our natural defences are weakened when we are not well, or after an operation. It is important to take this into consideration if you are a patient of a facility, or visiting a patient of a facility.

You should always adhere to the directions of the facility and the health care workers.

It is important we all work together to protect loved ones, health care workers and everyone within our facilities.

Last updated: 11 February 2021