Visiting a health facility in the ACT?
A new digital screening tool is now available to make it easier to determine if it is safe for someone to enter a health facility. The screening tool must be filled in before entering. For further information click here.
Due to the COVID-19 response, we need to keep making changes to the way we deliver Women, Youth and Children health services to keep our women and babies safe. We encourage you to regularly check our Temporary changes page for the latest advice.
An early pregnancy and parenting support phone line has been established to support women with early pregnancy, maternal and child health, breastfeeding and emotional wellbeing concerns. You can call 5124 1775 from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. Please leave a voicemail with your name, best contact number and reason for your call and a health professional will return your call.
For the latest information, please read the COVID-19 information for pregnant women fact sheet.
Visitor restrictions – changes to take effect from Monday 26 October 2020
All ACT health facilities and community health centres will ease their visitor restrictions from Monday 26 October.
This easing has been made possible due to continued health screening, physical distancing, and hand hygiene measures. These are the frontline of our defence against COVID-19 and will continue across all our health facilities.
The visitor policy includes:
- Two visitors per patient on each site per day.
- Visitors can see a patient at the same time, or separately, during visiting hours.
- Wherever possible, we ask that you do not bring children under 17 years with you to the hospital.
- If you are attending an outpatient or a community health clinic, please attend alone wherever possible. If you need support, please limit this to one other person.
- When a woman is admitted for care related to birthing, she may have up to two support persons present.
- When on our sites, please use the hand sanitiser and keep your distance from other people where possible.
The decision to continue to restrict visitors to our health facilities is always a difficult one, but it ensures we can protect the health and safety of everyone. This is especially necessary for our most vulnerable, particularly patients whose health is already compromised.
Our staff will continue to apply this visitor policy with compassion and common sense. Exceptions for compassionate reasons will continue to be determined on a case by case basis. These decisions will be made in consultation with the relevant clinical staff.
We understand these times can be stressful and we thank you for your patience.
We have zero tolerance for violence or aggression towards our staff or others.
Anyone exhibiting this behaviour may be refused entry.
Welcome to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC).
The hospital is located on the Canberra Hospital campus and offers a range of services for women, children and families.
Visiting hours for parents and main carers is unrestricted. All other visitors are allowed between 6am and 9pm.
For afterhours access, please press the buzzer at the Centenary Hospital front entrance and security can let you in.
For more information on patient and general visiting hours and other general queries please contact the Canberra Hospital switchboard on 02 5124 0000.