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Patient and Visitor

COVID-19 Information

Our priority is the safety of our patients, visitors, staff and community. Please read through the current testing and screening requirements before coming to Bethesda.

Do you have COVID-19 Symptoms?

Please do not visit the hospital if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell or taste.

Visitors and Visiting Hours.

Patients are permitted to have up to two (2) visitors at any one time during visiting hours.

Visitors must be asymptomatic, wear a surgical mask when inside the hospital (unless you have a valid exemption) and produce proof of vaccination if requested by a staff member.

Riviera Surgical Ward – 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Palliative Care Unit – 10:00am to 8:00pm
Day Procedure Unit – No visitors

Exemptions will be permitted on a case-by-case basis and require approval managed through Infection Prevention and the wards.

Rapid Antigen Testing for Visitors.

All visitors to the Palliative Care Unit will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to entering the hospital.

Please complete a RAT at home on the day of your visit.

You will need to produce a NEGATIVE result in order to visit as planned. Please take a photograph of your negative RAT, with a date and time stamp, and bring to the hospital with you. You will be required to complete a screening questionnaire on arrival at the Palliative Care Unit. Instructions are available at the reception desk on the unit.

Thank you for helping keep your loved ones safe.

Rapid Antigen Testing for Patients.

Patients who have no COVID-19 like symptoms (asymptomatic) and are attending the hospital for scheduled surgery are no longer required to complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

Patients who are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms (symptomatic) are required to complete a RAT no more than three hours prior to admission. We ask any symptomatic patients contact the hospital to make us aware of your symptoms, even if your RAT is negative, prior to presenting for admission.

If you are symptomatic and produce a POSITIVE test result, you will need to contact the hospital and your surgeons’ rooms to reschedule your surgery.

Due to the vulnerable nature of the ward, palliative care patients will continue to be tested every 72 hours.

Bethesda Café.

The café is open to patients and visitors.

Staff Vaccinations Against COVID-19.

By 1 January 2022, all those who work or volunteer at Bethesda, including our contractors and suppliers, will be fully vaccinated. We are now at 100% third dose staff population as per the booster vaccination mandates. Bethesda are strong advocates for the vaccine being the best way to protect our patients, visitors and the community against COVID-19.