Why we need visitor restrictions

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Some limitiations on visitor numbers are still needed, although many restrictions from earlier in 2022 have been removed.

While vaccination has been very effective in 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:

  • 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.
  • People who cannot be vaccinated.

As a busy public hospital, we need to limit the number of people in our building. This helps us to maintain physical distancing, 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.