Overview


St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney is committed to caring for our community and supporting our patients through the COVID-19 pandemic. In response we have 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), working with both the Australian Government authorities and local public health units.

This continues to be a rapidly evolving situation. Please stay informed and get up-to-date advice from credible sources.

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COVID-19 Update | Thursday, 2nd September 2021

Effective immediately, visitors will not be permitted at St Vincent’s Private Hospital except on compassionate grounds such as end of life care.

  • From Thursday, 2nd September 2021, all patients are required to present a negative COVID-19 (taken within 72 hours of their admission)
  • COVID-19 screening will be required on entry and exit of the hospital
  • Visitors are currently not permitted into the hospital, unless an exemption is granted
  • If an escort is required at time of admission (with a granted exemption), from Thursday, 2nd September 2021, all escorts are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result (taken within 72 hours of their admission).

We understand this is difficult for patients and their loved ones, and ask for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

We recommend you arrive earlier than planned to allow time for visitor screening. Prior to entry, you will be required to complete an online form and undergo a temperature check. 

In order to protect the safety of all our patients, staff and visitors, St Vincent's Health Australia, St Vincent's Private Hospital and St Vincent's Clinic have strict policies in place to ensure that all patients and visitors are appropriately screened in accordance with our guidelines. 

A reminder that we recommend that if you need to undertake a COVID-19 test you attend your local testing clinic. The closest testing clinic to St Vincent's is the East Sydney Clinic at 34 Burton St, Darlinghurst. Please note that patients are NOT to present to the St Vincent's Emergency Department for testing.

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 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

Updated Patient Escort Policy

In keeping with NSW Health COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, we will be strictly limiting the number of visitors into our facility. This means we will not be accepting any patient escorts into the hospital pre-surgery or in the post-operative areas.

Patients being admitted to the hospital need to organise to be dropped off at the private hospital main entrance at 406 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst. 

  • For Day Surgery patients please organise to be collected from St Vincent's Clinic at 438 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.
  • All patients that are staying overnight should be collected from the private hospital main entrance at 406 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.

Information for visitors

Hospital Visitation Rules

  • Effective immediately, visitors will not be permitted at St Vincent’s Private Hospital except on compassionate grounds such as end of life care.

You cannot visit the hospital, if:  

  • You are unwell
  • 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 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 recommend you arrive earlier than planned to allow time for the visitor screening process. The visitor screening process has three steps to it.

  1. Prior to entry, all visitors are required to complete an online form. This form asks a series of screening questions. You may access the online form here or scan the QR code using your mobile device when you arrive at the hospital entrance. We recommend you complete the form prior to arrival to aid the visitor screening process. 
  2. After completing the form, present to St Vincent’s Staff at the welcome desk. 
  3. Listen carefully to St Vincent’s Staff and follow their directions. You will undergo a temperature check via a thermal camera prior to entry.

Social Distancing

When you enter the hospital, you will need to continue to exercise social distancing by keeping 1.5m from others and clean your hands regularly using soap and water or the alcohol-based hand rub provided.

All patients and visitors must complete our COVID-19 screening form

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Frequently Asked Questions

Effective immediately, visitors will not be permitted at St Vincent’s Private Hospital except on compassionate grounds such as end of life care.

We understand this is difficult for patients and their loved ones, and ask for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

We recommend you arrive earlier than planned to allow time for visitor screening. Prior to entry, you will be required to complete an online form and undergo a temperature check. 
You will not be able to visit a patient in hospital if:
  • You are unwell
  • 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 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
Yes. Everyone must practise 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.
You are strongly encouraged to continue to carry a face mask with you at all times, to provide added protection if you are in a situation where you cannot maintain social distancing.
The NSW Government has updated the rules around visiting hospitals. If you don’t comply, you may receive a maximum penalty of imprisonment for 6 months and/or a penalty of up to $11,000.
No. Visitors are only allowed during the designated visitor hours.
Please discuss this with the Nurse Unit Manager or Hospital Nurse Coordinator.
Yes. A person under the age of 16 may visit a hospital patient, but that person will need to meet all the other requirements for visitors.
Yes. A patient may enter the hospital for medical appointments. This includes doctor, X-Ray and clinic appointments.
No. You may locate your nearest Testing and Fever Clinic here.
No. You will need to wait until you have a negative COVID-19 test result and be symptom free to visit a patient in hospital.
Patients
Prior to entry, St Vincent’s staff will ask you questions; and a thermal camera will scan your temperature. Once you pass the screening process, you will be given entry to the hospital.

Visitors
Prior to entry, you will be required to complete an online form and undergo a temperature check. Once you pass the screening process, you will be given entry to the hospital.
All visitors must complete an online form. This form asks a series of screening questions. This is an additional safeguard in place to help protect the safety of patients and hospital staff from COVID-19.
All entrants must undergo temperature screening prior to entry to the hospital. A thermal camera will scan your temperature. This is an additional safeguard in place to help protect the safety of patients and hospital staff from COVID-19. 
Yes. All visitors must complete an online form when they visit the hospital. This means a visitor must complete a new form every new day they visit.
Yes. All visitors must complete an online form when they visit the hospital.

Patient Resources

All patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to download and read our information pamphlet on understanding and avoiding the COVID-19 virus.

Reducing the risk of infection from Coronavirus (COVID-19)