Overview

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Toowoomba 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 a rapidly evolving situation. It is important to stay informed and get up-to-date advice from credible sources

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COVID-19 Restrictions from 17th December 2021             

To enter this hospital you are required to:     

  • Check-in using the Qld Check-in App     
  • Show your vaccination status via the Qld Check-in App, record of vaccination card, digital or printed vaccination certificate    
  • Pass through the thermographic camera
  • Put on a supplied face mask

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


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. 

Elective Surgery

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please phone your Doctor before coming to the hospital. There is no longer a requirement for Elective Surgery or NSW patients to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission.

Information for maternity

The Queensland Health, Hospital Entry Direction (No 7) has been released which includes the unvaccinated support person cannot enter the maternity ward.

All women presenting to the hospital in labour will be tested for COVID-19 at the birth suite.




 


 


 


Mother and newborn baby

Information for visitors

 

From the 20th January 2022, we are introducing increased visitor restrictions at our hospital. Only two vaccinated visitors will be allowed to visit a patient on the wards at one time. Only the patient can proceed past the doors in to our Emergency Department, unless a support person is accompanying a child or approved by management. 

     

Visitors (unless you are a patient) should not be anyone who:  

  • is unvaccinated for COVID-19, see limited exemptions below  
  • is unwell  
  • has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and asked to self-isolate  
  • has returned from overseas in the last 14 days  
  • been informed they are a close contact of a diagnosed person or a secondary contactunless their quarantine period has ended   
  • has been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting to receive the results (except for tests due to surveillance testing obligations)  
  • has 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.  

  

If you are unvaccinated you must not enter this hospital unless you are:  

  • under the age of 16 years  
  • a patient seeking medical care  
  • one support person for a patient during childbirth, this does not extend to the maternity ward  
  • one parent, carer or guardian to a patient under the age of 18    
  • one carer to a patient with a disability  
  • one support person to a patient presenting at the Emergency Department, if the hospital believes it necessary  
  • limited exemptions may be made on compassionate grounds for end-of-life support     

      

If you are an approved unvaccinated visitor, you:     

  • can only have one visitor with the patient at that time 
  • walk directly from the hospital entrance to the patient and return. You cannot use other facilities and services at the hospital, eg café, florist.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our hospital is open to visitors with restrictions in place to protect our patients, staff and doctors from COVID-19. Visitors must be fully vaccinated for COVID and must show proof of vaccination upon hospital entry.

You cannot visit the hospital, if:  

  • You are unvaccinated for COVID-19
  • 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 visited an exposure venue in the last 14 days     
  • 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. A patient may enter the hospital for medical appointments. This includes doctor, X-Ray and clinic appointments.
You will not be able to visit a patient in hospital if:
 
  • You are unvaccinated for COVID-19 (visitors must be fully vaccinated) 
  • 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.
Yes, from 1am Saturday 18 December 2021 it is mandatory to wear a face mask at all times.
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.
No. Visitors are only allowed during the designated visitor hours.
Unvaccinated visitors may be granted limited exemptions on compassionate grounds for end-of-life support. If you are an approved unvaccinated visitor the following rules will apply: 
      
  • there can only be one visitor with the patient at that time        
  • the unvaccinated visitor must wear a single-use surgical face mask        
  • the unvaccinated visitor must walk directly from the hospital entrance to the patient and return. They cannot use other facilities and services at the hospital, eg café, florist. 
  • the unvaccinated visitor must have a COVID-19 test with a negative result within 24 hours of entering the hospital. If the visitor exits the hospital and returns then the visitor requires a new test within 24 hours. Locally this can be performed at Baillie Henderson Hospital.          
Please discuss approval 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.
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. You must also be fully vaccinated for COVID.
Patients
Please read the Information for Patients section at the top of this page.

Visitors
To enter this hospital you are required to:        
  • Check-in using the Check-in Qld app        
  • Show your vaccination status via the Check-in Qld app, record of vaccination card, digital or printed vaccination certificate       
  • Pass through the thermographic camera        
Unvaccinated patients presenting for Elective Surgery, over the age of 16 years, must have a COVID-19 test with a negative PCR result within 72 hours before admission for their procedure.    
    
NSW Border Zones Residents living in Restricted Border Zones. where there are current COVID cases will be contacted by SVPHT and be required to present with a negative COVID-19 test regardless of the vaccination status. Non-restricted areas will follow the above direction. Border zone areas can be found here: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers/declared-hotspots-direction    
      
Elective surgery patients will be sent a SMS text message by the hospital 4 days prior to admission, advising patients they will need to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, prior to being admitted for their procedure.
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.