New visitors policy
While restrictions in Melbourne and across Victoria start to ease, the Women’s is still a very busy public hospital and we are required to limit the number of people entering our sites at Parkville and Sandringham. This is to make sure we can maintain safe levels of physical distancing for you, your family and our staff in waiting areas, clinical rooms and on our wards.
We realise this may be disappointing for our patients and their families, but we ask for your understanding and patience as we continue to protect the health and safety of Victorians during this time.
The following visitor policy applies at the Women's, Frances Perry House and Level 2 private consulting suites located within the Women’s:
- Newborn Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nursery – 2 parents/guardians can attend together, no time limit.
- Birth Centre – 1 designated birth partner during labour and birth.
- All inpatient wards – 1 designated support person, no time limit.
- Outpatient clinic and imaging appointments – Patients only. Babies up to 12 months can accompany the mother. Partner or support person can drop off patient and if possible may use audio/video call during appointment. They cannot wait in the hospital.
- Strictly no children – Unless they are a patient, children under 18 years of age will not be able to enter our hospitals.
- Day Surgery – Patients only. Partner or support person can drop off. They cannot wait in the hospital. They will receive a phone call when patient is ready to be collected and can enter the hospital to escort patient from Day Surgery.
- Women’s Emergency Care (WEC) – 1 partner or support person, no time limit. Note: WEC waiting area is limited so partner/support person may be asked to wait outside.
- Screening – Every person seeking entry to our hospitals in Parkville and Sandringham will be screened. Find out more about screening.
- Masks – Anyone gaining entry to our hospital is required to wear a surgical face mask (distributed at screening points). Watch our video showing how to wear a face mask safely.
- Deliveries – No external delivery people will be admitted for food or flower deliveries at this time.
In exceptional circumstances, we encourage families to discuss their individual needs with our staff.