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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? Are you a close contact?

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. Please visit your nearest testing clinic and isolate until you receive a negative result.

It is important you do not enter the hospital if you have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.

Close contacts of a COVID positive case will not be admitted for elective surgery until 14 days after their contact with the COVID positive case. If you are scheduled for surgery within 14 days of close contact, please contact your surgeons rooms.

Rapid Antigen Testing for Patients.

All patients attending the hospital for scheduled surgery or palliative care will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to entering the hospital.

Surgical patients are required to complete a RAT at home no more than three hours before the scheduled admission time.

You will need to produce a NEGATIVE result in order for your surgery to go ahead as planned. If you produce a POSITIVE RAT result, you will need to contact the hospital and your surgeons rooms to reschedule your surgery.

We ask you bring your negative RAT to your admission in a Ziplock bag.

Your surgeons rooms will contact you to inform you of the new testing process. RAT testing our patients will assist with keeping you, our doctors, staff and community safe.

Screening and Check-in Procedures.

Anyone entering the hospital is required to check-in via the QR codes or manual register on arrival. You will be greeted by friendly faces on our screening desk who will check your temperature and vaccination status (if applicable).

Visitors and Visiting Hours.

Patients are permitted to have up to two (2) visitors only during visiting hours.

All visitors are required to complete a negative RAT on each visit to Bethesda. This RAT must be completed within 3 hours of attending the hospital that day. Please photograph your negative RAT and bring it with you in a ziplock bag. You will also be required to show proof of vaccination and pass the necessary screening requirements. All visitors are required to be clinically well when attending the hospital.

If you are deemed an asymptomatic close contact, whilst you are not required to isolate in the community, you are not permitted to visit a vulnerable setting (hospital) until 14 days have passed from your contact with the positive case.

Riviera Surgical Ward 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Palliative Care Unit 11:00am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Day Procedure Unit are not permitted visitors.

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

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Bethesda Café.

Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 in WA the café is currently closed to patients, visitors and the public.

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.