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Visitor restrictions reintroduced for vaccinated people | 20 January 2022

In line with the latest Hospital Entry Direction from Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, visitor restrictions for vaccinated people have been reintroduced at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and other Children’s Health Queensland facilities.

Vaccinated visitors are now limited to:

  • 2 parents/carers/visitors for inpatients
  • 2 parents/carers for outpatient appointments and same-day admissions.
  • 1 parent/carer per patient in the emergency department.

We also ask that visits from siblings of patients continue to be limited where possible.

Under exceptional circumstances, special consideration will be given to families on emergency or compassionate grounds. All family requests for special consideration should be referred to nurse unit manager or practice manager of the respective ward or service area.

NOTE: Restrictions for unvaccinated parents, carers and guardians introduced on 17 December 2021 remain unchanged.

Proof of vaccination status is a condition of entry to our facilities. The easiest way to provide this is to provide your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Check In Qld app on your phone.

Face masks remain mandatory for all people (12 years and older) entering our facilities. These will be supplied on entry.

Please do not come to the hospital as a visitor if you are feeling unwell, are in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, or are in quarantine.

Entering Queensland from another state or territory (interstate travel) | 15 January

From Saturday 15 January 2022, domestic border restrictions for people entering from interstate are no longer in place. This means anyone can enter Queensland from elsewhere in Australia without restrictions.

Restrictions may apply if you have been overseas in the last 14 days and you did not enter in a quarantine free flight from a safe travel country.

For more information, visit Travelling to Queensland.

Visitor restrictions for unvaccinated people | 17 December 2021

From 17 December 2021, vulnerable facilities in Queensland, including hospitals and healthcare facilities, will introduce visitor restrictions for people who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

These restrictions will not apply to:

  • patients
  • vaccinated parents, carers or guardians
  • families accessing emergency or end of life care for a child or young person.

No child or young person will be denied access to care or treatment based on their vaccination status, or that of their parents, carers or guardians

Children’s Health Queensland recognises that children and young people typically present to hospital and other healthcare services with a parent, carer or guardian, and is committed to ensuring they continue to have this important family support in a COVID-safe way.

To support this principle, the following restrictions will apply to unvaccinated parents, carers or guardians accompanying a child or young person to healthcare facilities in Queensland:

  • Only one unvaccinated parent, carer orguardian can accompany a child to an appointment or admission.
  • The accompanying unvaccinated parent, carer or guardian must wear a single-use surgical face mask and will be required to limit their movements to areas where they can safely physically distance from others.
  • An unvaccinated accompanying parent, carer or guardian must have a COVID-19 test within 24 hours of entering the hospital for admissions.

There may be situations that require special consideration which will be worked through on a case-by-case basis as required. This includes an exemption request for a second parent, carer or guardian to attend an appointment or admission.

There are no restrictions for unvaccinated siblings and other visitors under 16 years of age.

For more information and FAQs, visit the Queensland Health COVID-19 website.

You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Check In Qld app. The updated version of the app allows you to check in and display your vaccination status at the same time. Here’s how to do it.

Mask requirements unchanged at CHQ facilities | 11 November 2021

Queensland has now reached 80 per cent first dose vaccination and mask wearing requirements in the community have been eased.
However, to protect patients, families and staff at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and in all Children’s Health Queensland community-based facilities, the wearing of surgical masks remains a condition of entry.
Masks will continue to be supplied on entry.

Masks can only be removed if you are:

  • seated, and 
  • can maintain 1.5 metres from others (excluding household members), and 
  • do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Children under 12 years are not required to wear masks but are encouraged to do so, where tolerated.

Limiting the number of visitors at our facilities and following physical distancing guidelines continues to play an important role in helping us maintain safe access to healthcare for children and young people.

To help us maintain appropriate physical distancing, we ask that you consider limiting the number of people (including siblings) accompanying your child and/or visiting wherever possible.

Families and visitors must also check-in on entry at all Children’s Health Queensland facilities via the Check-In Qld app.

Standing COVID-19 visitor entry restrictions to Queensland Children’s Hospital | 8 August 2021

To protect the health and safety of patients, staff and other visitors, you should not visit the hospital if you:

  • are unwell
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine
  • have returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries)
  • have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)
  • have visited an interstate exposure venue in the last 14 days unless an exemption has been granted for an end of life visit
  • have been in an interstate area of concern in the last 14 days or since the identified start date (whichever is shorter), unless they have received a negative COVID-19 test since entering Queensland
  • have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting to receive the results (except for tests due to surveillance testing obligations)
  • 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.

On arrival at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, you will be asked a series of questions about your current health. We understand this may cause a short delay, but we appreciate your patience and support in helping us keep everyone in the hospital safe.

Health screening now in place at the Queensland Children’s Hospital | 30 March 2020

All visitors to the Queensland Children’s Hospital are now required to undergo public health screening before entering the building.

Screening stations have been established at the Stanley Street and Raymond Terrace entrances to the hospital. The screening includes a series of questions about you and your child’s current health as well as a temperature check by a registered nurse.

The public health screenings follow the strict visitor restrictions introduced last week.

We understand this may cause a short delay but we appreciate your patience and support in helping us keep everyone in the hospital safe.

Questions?

Call 134 COVID (13 42 68) for general information about COVID-19, including testing and vaccination. You can also visit the Queensland Health COVID-19 website.
For questions about COVID-19 and your child's care at Children's Health Queensland, please email COVIDquestions@health.qld.gov.au.
Note: This email should not be used for clinical enquiries. If you are concerned about your child’s health, seek medical advice from your child’s specialist, GP or other healthcare provider.
In an emergency always call 000.
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