• This screening advice is for authorised visitors entering a healthcare facility. This advice does not apply to any person seeking urgent medical attention.
  • All visitors entering a NSW Health hospital or health service must be screened at entry.
Last updated: 16 December 2021
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Visitor restrictions

With increasing transmission rates across the State and the impact of the Omicron variant of concern, NSW Health has determined that visits to healthcare facilities should be restricted. Visits will be considered based on a risk assessment and in response to individual patient needs and circumstances.

Participants in care are to be risk assessed to be able to continue providing care and support.

In applying a risk assessment, LHDs and SHNs may allow a local exemption to restrictions based on compassionate grounds and on a case-by-case basis.

COVID-19 healthcare screening

This screening advice is for visitors who have been authorised to enter a healthcare facility. All visitors entering a NSW Health hospital or health service must be screened at entry. This advice does not apply to any person seeking urgent medical attention.

A visitor is regarded as someone who is a family member, carer or friend who is visiting, accompanying, or providing support to someone who is a current patient in the healthcare facility.

These questions are to be asked by the screening officer prior to a visitor being permitted entry to a healthcare facility.

  1. Have you checked in using the QR code?
  2. Can you provide evidence of COVID-19 Vaccination?
  3. Do you have any COVID-19 symptoms?
  4. Have you been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case in the past 14 days?
  5. Have you returned from overseas in the past 14 days?

Generally, a visitor who has returned from overseas in the last 14 days should not be permitted to enter a healthcare facility. In exceptional circumstances such as end-of-life, an exemption will need to be made in consultation with the LHD or SHN as to whether a visit will be permitted.

If a person identifies as a close contact of a COVID-19 case or has not been fully vaccinated, they should generally not be permitted to enter.

In the case where a visitor has previously had COVID-19 and is fully recovered, but has not yet been able to be vaccinated, a letter or clearance certificate from NSW Health may be used to support an exemption in that regard.

Visitors who are authorised to enter must agree to always wear a mask correctly during the visit and follow any other advice from health care staff.

Current as at: Thursday 16 December 2021
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