Why limitations on visitor numbers are needed

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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.

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.