Important information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Overview

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“The safety of our patients and hospital staff is our absolute priority. Thank you for the role you play in supporting the hospital community; and keeping yourself and those around you safe.” - Oli Steele, Chief Executive Officer 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside has safeguards and precautions in place in line with advice from the Australian and State Government Department of Health.

We are closely monitoring, and proactively responding to the developments in Australia associated with novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in conjunction with both the Australian Government authorities and local public health units.

This continues to be an evolving situation. It is important to stay informed and get up-to-date advice from credible sources.


Information for patients

Before coming to hospital

Please contact your treating specialist via phone or email before coming to hospital, if: 

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine
  • You have returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries)
  • You have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • You have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)
  • You have visited an interstate exposure venue in the last 14 days 
  • You have been in an interstate area of concern in the last 14 days or since the identified start date (whichever is shorter)
  • You have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting to receive the results (except for tests due to surveillance testing obligations)
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue

When you arrive 

We ask that you check in via the Check In Qld App as soon as you arrive on hospital grounds.

A thermal camera will scan your temperature at the entrance to the hospital. This is an additional safeguard in place to help protect the safety of patients and hospital staff from COVID-19. 

When you enter the hospital, you will need to wear a surgical mask where tolerated, unless you are an inpatient in your own bed. 

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Information for visitors

Hospital Visitation Rules 

Effective from 4.00pm 8 August 2021, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside will reopen to visitors. 
Up to two (2) visitors may see a patient in hospital at any one time, for any length of time, during visiting hours 
Visiting hours are from 10.00am – 7.00pm seven days a week.
All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times for the duration of their visit
We encourage all visitors to stay connected and communicate with their loved ones in hospital via telephone or electronic device where possible. 

Visitors will NOT be permitted to enter the hospital if they: 
have been diagnosed with COVID-19
have returned from overseas in the last 14 days
have returned from an interstate COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days
have been tested for COVID-19 and have not received the results
have been asked to self-quarantine
have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
have a fever (37.5 degrees or more) or a cough, runny nose, sore throat, breathing difficulties, loss of taste and/or loss of smell

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FAQs

Can I visit a patient in hospital?
Yes. Hospital patients may have a maximum of two (2) visitors at any one time, for any length of time, within visiting hours (10.00am to 7.00pm)

Do I need to practice social distancing within the hospital?
Yes. Everyone must practice social distancing outside of direct patient care. This means keeping 1.5m from others at all times unless you are a health professional providing direct patient care.

Do I need to wear a mask in hospital?
Yes. On arrival to the hospital, you will be provided with a single use surgical mask to wear when in the hospital.

Are there penalties if I don’t comply?
The Queensland Government has updated the rules around visiting hospitals. If you don’t comply, you may receive a fine of $1334, a court-imposed penalty of up to $13,345 or 6 months imprisonment.   

Can I visit the hospital for medical appointments?

Yes. A patient may enter the hospital for medical appointments. This includes doctor, X-Ray, pathology and clinic appointments. 

Can I get tested for COVID-19 at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside?
No. You may locate your nearest Testing and Fever Clinic here:  

QLD Health Website >  

What do I need to do when I arrive at the hospital?  
Patients
We ask that you check in via the Check In Qld App as soon as you arrive on hospital grounds.

A thermal camera will scan your temperature at the entrance to the hospital. This is an additional safeguard in place to help protect the safety of patients and hospital staff from COVID-19. 

When you enter the hospital, you will need to wear a surgical mask where tolerated, unless you are an inpatient in your own bed. 

Where can I get more information?

Australian Government Department of Health

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State Government Department of Health (Queensland Health)

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