Current visitor restrictions

Last update: Wednesday 11 May

Visitor restrictions 

Visitor restrictions are currently in place across all St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne sites. These changes are to help keep our patients and visitors stay safe.

St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital on the Park, St George’s and Caritas Christi  

From Thursday 12 May 2022, visitor restrictions in the overnight areas at Fitzroy campus, St Vincent’s Hospital on the Park, St George’s and Caritas Christi will be as follows:

  • A maximum of two visitors at a time, with a maximum of two visitors per day
  • Visiting hours are from 12pm to 7pm (from 10am to 8pm at Caritas Christi) 
  • Unvaccinated visitors must have completed a negative RAT within 24 hours of the visit and wear a N95 mask for the visit.

Residential Aged Care

  • Visiting hours are from 10am to 7pm
  • A maximum of two visitors at a time, with a maximum of five visitors per day 
  • All visitors must attest to a negative RAT prior to entry. This must be taken on the same day as the visit  
  • Where visitors are not fully vaccinated, visits to occur in the resident's own room or outdoors  

Visitor Rapid Antigen Test Requirement

(Please note that the below information is in line with the latest Department of Health advice and does not apply to Residential Aged Care Facilities where testing is currently mandatory).

Rapid Antigen Tests can be obtained from state-run COVID testing sites (present with Medicare card), bought from local pharmacies and supermarkets, or provided to you upon arrival at the Hospital.

Visitors can perform their Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at home or upon arrival at the Hospital, noting that delays may occur on site.

Vaccinated visitors

  • Vaccinated visitors are encouraged but not required to perform a negative RAT on the day of their visit (unless they are visiting Residential Aged Care, where they must attest to a negative RAT taken on the same day as the visit).

Vaccinated visitors who have a mask exemption

  • Vaccinated visitors who have a mask exemption are required to perform a negative RAT on the day of their visit.

Unvaccinated visitors

  • Unvaccinated visitors are required to perform a negative RAT on the day of their visit and to wear a N95 mask for the duration of their visit.

Visitors under 16

  • Visitation for individuals aged under 16 is permitted under certain circumstances. Where permitted, visitors aged under 16 are encouraged to perform a negative RAT on the day of their visit.

Compassionate grounds

Visits will be approved on compassionate grounds when:

  • A patient is receiving end of life care or there is a serious and sudden change to a patient’s condition/health/illness, which is life-threatening.
  • A patient is living with disability and requires a disability support worker or carer.

When visits on compassionate grounds for end of life care are approved:

  • Visiting hours are not restricted.
  • A maximum of two visitors can be with the patient at any one time.

If you are granted entry on compassionate grounds, as a condition of entry you must

  • Not visit if you're unwell
  • Be screened for signs of COVID-19 on entry
  • Register on entry
  • Wear a mask
  • Maintain a 1.5m physical distance from others
  • Follow all instructions at all times
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Visitors will not be allowed entry if they have

  • Tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results, and have not met the criteria for discharge from isolation
  • Recently returned from overseas travel and are restricted from entry to hospital and aged care facilities as per Department of Health guidelines
  • Are currently required to isolate as a Household Close Contact
  • A temperature over 37.5 degrees or symptoms of acute respiratory infection

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