Visiting Hours

The following restrictions are in place and may change based on local risk assessment and other factors such as COVID and/or other infectious disease outbreaks. Note, family meetings whereby the
number of visitors can be up to six people can be arranged at the discretion of a senior medical
consultant and the nurse/department manager.

Any person entering a GV Health building must satisfactorily complete required screening questions related to the following:

  • The person has not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven (7) days; or
  • The person is not a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven (7) days even if the person (close contact) has tested negative for COVID-19 noting this includes health care workers visiting a GV Health facility; or
  • The person is under 16 years other than those attending for the purpose of an end of life visit or support, a patient has a life-threatening medical condition, the person is a child of the patient.
  • Visitors required to show their vaccination

Recommendation for remote / electronic visits

Care and support can continue to be provided remotely through phone or video calls and is encouraged. Providing interpreter services or acting as a nominated person should be provided remotely unless not practicable to do so.

General Requirements for Hospital (Acute, Sub-Acute & Mental Health)

There are no restrictions on the reason(s) for visits to patients, clients and consumers. However, daily visitor numbers are restricted to four visitors, with no more than four visitors per day for a maximum of two hours. Visitors must stay in the patient’s room/care area and limit movement apart from quick trips to the bathroom.

End of Life Visits (Acute, Sub-Acute & Aged Care)

End of life means where a patient or resident’s death is expected within 28 days or less. Patients/
residents are restricted to four visitors at one time for the purpose of end of life visits and there is no
limit to the number of visitors each day. Visitors must stay in the patient’s room/care area and limit
movement apart from quick trips to the bathroom.

Critical Care Unit Visitors

Visitors to patients in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) are restricted based on the discretion of staff in the
CCU taking into consideration the condition of the patient and other patients in the CCU. However, daily visitor numbers are restricted to four visitors, with no more than four visitors per day for a
maximum of two hours noting this remains at the discretion of staff in the CCU.

Visitors to Aged Care Residents and Care Facilities

There are no restrictions on the reason(s) for visits to residents in aged care facilities. Visitors are
required to comply with density limits in all GV Health facilities. Where visitors are not fully vaccinated, visits should occur either outdoors or in the resident’s own room(s) and should not occur in common areas. Visitors must stay in the patient’s room/care area and limit movement apart from quick trips to the bathroom.

Aged Care and Care Facility Prospective Residents

There are no restrictions in relation to prospective residents visiting an aged care facility.

Visiting Hours

Visiting Hours Visiting hours are 1:00pm – 8:00pm except for the following wards:

  • Child and Adolescent Unit: parents or a designated carer are able to be present 24 hours with other restrictions applying as detailed above.
  • Maternity Unit: rest period from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Birth Suite: unrestricted but limited to two support persons.
  • Special Care Nursery: parents to be present 24 hours with other restrictions applying as detailed above.