Dear Westmead Women’s and Newborn Health Patients

No visitors allowed

From Monday 5 July, no visitors will be permitted in our hospitals and healthcare facilities. This policy will remain in place until NSW Health transitions out of red alert.

This decision has been made to provide the utmost protection to our patients, visitors and staff in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

Exemptions will be allowed under extenuating circumstances only.

Arrangements are in place to allow for a visitor in very limited circumstances including women in labour, certain circumstances in the emergency department, special care nursery, paediatrics and palliative care.

Where possible we request 24 hours’ notice. If your request is approved, one visitor per patient will receive access for a 72 hour period.

For birthing mothers, approval for your visitor will stand until you have given birth. If a birthing mother arrives in active labour, one support person will be permitted to enter the facility.

We are regularly reviewing your applications and will be in touch as soon as possible - we know how important it is for you to hear from us in these challenging times.

If you are a patient in our care, please chat to your treating team if you have any questions.

Thank you again for your understanding and stay safe.

Visitors or carers wishing to apply for an exemption will need to fill out the WSLHD Hospital Visitation Exemption form.