COVID-19

St Andrew's Hospital COVID-19 Information for Patients and Visitors (last updated 24th June 2020)

We would like to assure all of our current and future patients, visitors and staff that we are following the recommendations and guidelines from SA Health and the Australian Government Department of Health.

Whilst we are pleased that South Australia has achieved positive outcomes in relation to containing the number of COVID-19 cases, we continue to maintain some restrictions to ensure the safety of everyone in the St Andrew’s community.  These include the following:

Patient Screening:

The Hospital is contacting all patients prior to their admission to ensure that they are fit and well, and do not fall into any of the following exclusion criteria:

Exclusion Criteria (effective 22nd June 2020)

  • Returned from interstate or overseas within the past 14 days; or
  • Arrived from, or travelled through, VIC, NSW or the ACT within the past 14 days; or
    Been in close contact with a confirmed COVID case*; or
  • Are unwell with a fever, acute respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose) or have acute unexplained loss of smell or altered sense of taste).

* Close contact is someone who has had more than 15 minutes of face to face contact, or has spent more than 2 hours in a room with a confirmed COVID case without appropriate PPE.

Patients will also be screened at the front entrance to ensure that they have not developed any of these symptoms on the day of admission.

Visitors:

All visitors will be screened on arrival. Our visitor policy is:

  • In-patients may have no more than two visitors at a time (ie. multiple visitors may visit the patient over the period of their stay however may only attend with one other person)*

  • Visitors must not attend if they are unwell or meet any of the Exclusion Criteria (i.e. have arrived from overseas, or arrived from or travelled through VIC, NSW or the ACT, or overseas within the past 14 days, or have had close contact with a confirmed COVID case within 14 days, or have fever, respiratory symptoms or acute unexplained loss of smell or altered sense of taste) 

  • Visitors are asked to please perform hand hygiene and maintain social distancing of 1.5m at all times whilst in the Hospital 

  • Visitors are requested to keep visits to less than 2 hours*

* Extenuating circumstances may apply.  Please contact us if this is the case.

We understand that some of these restrictions will be difficult for our patients, and we appreciate your cooperation in helping us to keep everyone healthy.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please click here to access SA Health information about testing locations and processes.

As this is an evolving situation, we will continue to keep you updated via our web site and Facebook. If you have any specific questions please feel free to contact Reception on (08) 8408 2111. 

Thank you for your cooperation.