Hospital Visitor Restrictions

Royal Hobart Hospital

Hospital Visitor Restrictions

The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is very important and by restricting visitors we are taking measures that align with public health advice to prevent the potential spread and impact of COVID-19.

Unless you are seeking personal medical treatment or care, we ask that you do not visit our hospital, outpatient clinic or community centres if you:

  • are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), such as a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, fever or loss of sense of taste or smell;
  • are awaiting a coronavirus (COVID-19) test result;
  • have been diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) and have not yet been given clearance from self-isolation;
  • have had known contact in the past 14 days with a person who was a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19);
  • arrived in Tasmania within the last 14 days from an area assessed as 'medium risk' or 'high risk';
  • live with any person that is unwell with fever or cold/flu symptoms Or
  • live with any person that has arrived in Tasmania within the last 14 days from an area assessed as 'medium risk' or 'high risk'.

Visiting hours are restricted to 2pm – 6pm daily and limited to a maximum of one per patient at any one time

All visitors must:

  • Wear a mask at all times while on the premises. (This applies to all staff and visitors to the hospital or residential aged care facility over 12 years of age.)
  • Complete the visitor screening tool on arrival
  • Protect other by washing their hands, practicing good respiratory hygiene and maintaining social distancing

We understand that this can be a very challenging time for everyone and encourage the use of alternative methods of communication to stay connected with families/carers/social networks.

Compassionate exceptions may be negotiated at unit management level with consideration given on a case by case basis.

Please contact the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) or Associate NUM, of the unit/ward you are visiting to discuss an exemption.

Visitors allowed:

Area / Ward

Number of visitors

Outpatient clinics and community centres

It is recommended that if the patient attending the appointment is independent that the person bringing the patient to their appointment does not attend.

A support person may attend if their presence is required for interpreting, comprehension or assistance with any legal or administrative requirements only.

Department of Critical Care Medicine

Two visitors will be allowed at any one time.

Emergency Department

Due to the large numbers of patients and staff within the Royal Hobart Hospital Emergency Department there continue to be strict visitor restrictions.

A single visitor is permitted in the following circumstances:

  • A parent/guardian of a dependent child
  • A support person for a patient requiring significant physical, communication or comprehension assistance.
  • On compassionate grounds (end of life support, critically unwell patient) it may be possible to allow two visitors for defined periods of time at the discretion of the nurse in charge.

We understand that coming to an Emergency Department can be very stressful but these restrictions are necessary to reduce crowding in the busy Emergency Department and waiting areas.

Neonatal Intensive Care

Parents / Carers have unrestricted visiting with a maximum of two people visiting.

Compassionate situation – exemptions may be applied for siblings.

Paediatric Unit

Parents / Carers have unrestricted visiting with a maximum of two people visiting.

Maternity Unit

An upper limit of two people to support mothers in the maternity unit (this limit of two includes the partner, if the partner is present).

Operating Theatre and Recovery Room

Visitors not routinely allowed. Parents may visit children post-surgery

Short Stay Surgical Unit

One support person permitted

Palliative Care

An upper limit of four visitors for patients receiving end-of-life care, and the capacity for one visitor to stay overnight and for pets to visit where appropriate.

Please visit the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus for more information about current restrictions at other THS Hospitals.

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