[Last updated: 31 March 2021]

As Australia’s COVID-19 outbreak and response continues to escalate, we are taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our patients and hospital staff. In addition to our existing strict hospital hygiene and infection control protocols, we have introduced additional safety measures, including limiting patient visitors and visiting hours, cancelling non-essential gatherings, and increased, specialised cleaning regimes.

Do not come to hospital

  • If you have returned from overseas within the last 14 days.
  • If you have returned from an identified hotspot anywhere in Australia.
  • If you have ANY respiratory illness symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath.
  • If you have been in close contact within the last 14 days with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Health Screening

  • All patients, visitors and staff must register their attendance via the Prince of Wales Private Hospital QR code before entering the Hospital.
  • If coming from the Ground Floor lobby, you will be asked to also register using the Prince of Wales Public Hospital’s own QR code (this is separate).

Visitors

  • General wards - 2 visitors (16 years or over) at a time per patient between 3.00pm and 8.00pm. There is no time limit to visits, so long as they occur within these visiting hours. 
  • Paediatric Ward - 1 parent or carer permitted to stay with each child, including overnight. A second parent may visit at any time during the day.
  • Day Surgery – No visitors. Visitors collecting patients from ward for discharge are to continue to wait for them at screening point unless otherwise arranged. Children may be accompanied by 1 carer. 
  • Maternity Wards – 1 nominated adult for the duration of stay (in addition to partners) and siblings may visit for 1 hour per day between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.
  • Special Care Nursery - Both parents/carers are able to visit their baby (or babies) at the same time if social distancing can be maintained within the unit.


Face Masks

  • Patients do not need to wear a mask unless they have acute respiratory symptoms.
  • Visitors do not need to wear a mask unless they are within 1.5 metres of a patient or in a shared space for more than 15 minutes.
  • All healthcare workers (clinical and non-clinical) to wear a mask if within 1.5 metres of a patient.

 

We are back at 100% surgical capacity, with appropriate screening and safety protocols in place. This is under the direction of the Federal Government.

For the safety of all people in our Hospital, we will continue with our modified bookings and admissions process.

Firstly, it is imperative that you contact us before coming to Hospital if you have travelled overseas or to an identified hotspot anywhere in Australia in the last 14 days, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

All surgical patients will be contacted by clinical staff the day before surgery to ensure they are screened ahead of time. Hospital staff will then review the patient’s circumstances in more detail and determine the most appropriate course of action.

You will also need to register your attendance using the Prince of Wales Private Hospital QR code - this is a separate registration process to the one in the Public Hospital main entrance on the Ground Floor.

If you have any concerns or questions, we are here to help. Call (02) 9650 4000 during business hours, or (02) 9650 4415 after hours.


FAQs

  • Who will be wearing face masks at Hospital?
    Patients and visitors do not need to wear face masks at Hospital except in specific circumstances (eg if they are in a shared room or within 1.5m of one another). Healthcare workers will only wear a surgical mask if they come within 1.5 metres of a patient. This applies to all staff, including doctors, nurses, food service attendants, cleaning staff, allied services staff, corporate staff, wardspersons and more.
  • Has Prince of Wales Private Hospital had any cases of COVID-19?
    To date, we have not had a patient with COVID-19. Our robust screening protocols are designed to reduce the majority of risk and our dedicated staff are constantly monitoring the wards.

  • What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 at Hospital during my stay?
    If a patient exhibits COVID-11 symptoms during their stay, and becomes a suspect case, we are very well-prepared to manage them and have planned for this eventuality.

  • Are nurses now restricted in the way they interact with patients?
    Our nurses, doctors and other staff are following social distancing recommendations, but we continue to provide all necessary care and support required. We expect patients and visitors to practice the same social distancing protocols and be vigilant with hand hygiene.
  • Can I still have visitors?
    Yes. Patients on the surgical wards can have up to 2 visitors at a time between 3.00pm and 8.00pm daily. As long as they arrive and leave within these hours, your visitors can stay as long as you like!

  • Why can’t I have more than 2 visitors a day?
    Hospital patients, together with health care workers, are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. We made the hard decision to tightly limit visitors to keep everyone at Hospital as safe as possible.
  • Is/are my child/ren allowed to visit if they come with an adult?
    Sorry, no. Children under 16 may not visit patients in the wards for infection-control purposes.

  • Are my visitors allowed to bring me food and other items (eg clothes, books, toiletries)?
    Yes, they are.

  • Will I be discharged early? Can I leave early if I want to?
    As long as it is appropriate for you to go home, we will support the decision you and your admitting doctor make together.

To protect birthing mothers and new babies at this time, visitors are restricted to 1 nominated adult for the duration of stay (in addition to partners) and siblings for 1 hour per day between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.

During your upcoming Hospital stay, your partner can accompany you in the Unit.

If your baby stays in our Special Care Nursery, both you and your partner/support person may visit at the same time (where social distancing can be practiced).”

On your day of delivery, we ask that you phone ahead, where possible.

On arrival, please register your attendance using the Prince of Wales Private Hospital QR code and come to the Delivery Suite on Level 6.

Thank you for your understanding - we will work our very hardest to ensure your experience is as safe and comfortable as possible. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact our Nurse Unit Managers on (02) 9650 4444 or your obstetrician, who has been advised of these changes.


FAQs

Who will be wearing face masks at Hospital?

Patients and visitors do not longer need to wear face masks at Hospital except in specific circumstances (eg if they are in a shared room or within 1.5m of one another). Healthcare workers will only wear a surgical mask if they come within 1.5 metres of a patient. This applies to all staff, including doctors, nurses, food service attendants, cleaning staff, allied services staff, corporate staff, wardspersons and more.

Can I have visitors during my stay?

Yes you can! You can choose one adult to visit you while you are in hospital (in addition to your partner). This person may visit for 1 hour per day between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.

Can my other child/ren visit me at the hospital?

Yes! They can come, in the company of 1 adult, for 1 hour during visiting hours (4.00-7.00pm).

Should I still come in for my pre-admission/Meet the Midwife appointment?

No. All face-to-face appointments, including the pre-admission clinic and Meet the Midwife, are no longer running. These sessions are now conducted over the phone.

Do I need to call ahead before coming to the Maternity Unit?
Yes, please ring us in advance if you decide to come in for any reason. Whether you’re in labour, have left something behind during your stay, or just want to say hello – we can anticipate your arrival and make sure you’re healthy enough to enter the Unit.

Can I have my partner AND my doula with me during childbirth?
At this stage in the pandemic, you may only have one person with you when you deliver your baby. This can be your partner or a support person. They must not be unwell or have returned from overseas in the 2 weeks before birth.

My partner needs to go home/to work while I’m in Hospital. If they have to leave the ward, will you let them back in?
Yes we will. We’ve eased our previous restrictions. Partners may now leave to go to the Hospital cafes/retail outlets, or for essential purposes. They will be screened each time they return to the Unit.

Can we bring food and drinks to Hospital with us?
Yes, you can bring items with you. Your room will have a small bar fridge and we have a shared kitchen, with a microwave, for heating food. There is also a range of snacks available in the kitchen after hours.

Can we have food or other supplies (eg clothes/toiletries) delivered or brought in for us?
We ask that other visitors, including food delivery services (eg UberEats), do not come to the Hospital at this time.

Is the Maternity Ward locked?
The entire Unit – Maternity Ward, Delivery Suite, Special Care Nursery - is locked, with admission granted via an intercom.

Is the boarder fee for partners being reviewed?
No. The daily fee for partners staying overnight is $70.00 and includes all meals and refreshments. We are confident you and your partner will be very happy with the standard of our new Hospital menu.

Will I be discharged early? Can I leave early if I want to?
You are welcome to remain for your entire Hospital stay, but this is best discussed with your Obstetrician. As long as you and your baby are well, we will support the decision made by you and your doctor.

Is my partner allowed to install the car seat in the car park on the day of discharge then come back and get me?
Yes, they can do this on the day of discharge.

Is the Well Baby Nursery (aka night nursery) still open?
After careful consideration, we have closed the Well Baby Nursery in the Maternity Ward. This is in the best interest of patient safety. Your baby will ‘room-in’ with you overnight.

Can I still visit my baby in the Special Care Nursery?
Yes. If your baby needs to spend time in the SCN, you and your partner/support person can visit together.

Will a lactation consultant still available?
Yes, the lactation consultant is still available to assist with breastfeeding support during your stay on the Ward.

Are you still running post-natal education classes on the ward during my stay?
Our breastfeeding Education and Support classes continue multiple times a day, Monday-Friday. We book you in at the time to ensure there are no more than 4 mums and bubs in any 1 session.

Are you still running antenatal workshops and Maternity Unit tours?
Our face-to-face antenatal workshops and ward tours have been cancelled for now. However, we are looking to fast-track an online learning solution as a replacement. Please check back at a later date.

Has Prince of Wales Private Hospital had any cases of COVID-19?
To date, we have not had a patient with COVID-19. Our robust screening protocols are designed to reduce the majority of risk and our dedicated staff are constantly monitoring the wards.

What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 at Hospital during my stay?
If a patient exhibits COVID-19 symptoms during their stay, and becomes a suspect case, we are very well-prepared to manage them and have planned for this eventuality.

Are midwives now restricted in the way they interact with patients and partners/support persons while in the unit?
Our midwives, doctors and other staff are following social distancing recommendations, but we continue to provide all necessary care and support required. We expect patients and partners/support persons to practice the same social distancing protocols and be vigilant with hand hygiene

Prince of Wales Private Hospital has restricted visitors on the wards to:

  • General – Up to 2 visitors at any time, over the age of 16 years, between 3.00pm and 8.00pm. Visits are not time-limited but must occur within visiting hours.
  • Maternity Unit – 1 nominated adult for the duration of stay (in addition to partners) and siblings may visit for 1 hour per day between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.

Before entering the ward, please register your attendance using the Prince of Wales Private Hospital QR code. (This is separate to the QR code on the Ground Floor of the Hospital Campus.) Please show the approval screen to the nurses upon entry

While you are at our Hospital, please remember to practice social distancing and hand hygiene for the protection of our vulnerable patients and hard-working staff - and for your own health, too.

The good news is that these simple measures can effectively reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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