We’ve made some changes to the way we deliver Women, Youth and Children health services to help slow the spread of COVID-19. You can find out more about what's changed on the Temporary changes page.
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 call you back within one business day.
For the latest information, please read the COVID-19 information for pregnant women fact sheet.
Latest news - Thursday 4 June 2020
Visitor restrictions – changes to take effect from Thursday 4 June 2020
Arrangements have changed for people visiting patients at Canberra’s health facilities. This notice updates the restrictions that were made in March of 2020.
The new visitor arrangements are as follows:
- Up to two visitors per patient per day as long as there is only one visitor at any one time.
- Admitted children aged 17 and under may have one parent or carer present at all times, with an additional visitor able to join them for up to one hour a day.
- Women admitted for care related to birthing may have up to two support persons present.
- This arrangement needs to be pre-planned with relevant midwifery and obstetric staff during antenatal care.
- Ward visits following the birth of your baby are limited to two visitors per patient per day, however only visitor can be present at any one time to ensure social distancing.
The visitor policy will continue to be applied with compassion and common sense.
Compassionate exceptions to the visitor policy will continue to be determined on a case by case basis. These decisions will be made in consultation with the relevant clinical staff.
It is important to remember that social distancing principles still apply to all visiting the hospital.
Visitors must not enter if they:
- are unwell with a sudden loss of taste or smell, a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath;
- have been overseas or on a cruise ship in the last 14 days; or
- have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.
We also encourage visitors to contact their loved ones by calling them directly, instead of visiting. Wherever possible do not bring children with you and use the hand sanitiser when you enter the building.
Latest news - Thursday March 2020
To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our patients and staff safe, Canberra Hospital will be limiting the number of visitors at the hospital.
From Thursday 19 March 2020, patients must limit their number of visitors to one person per day.
If you have an appointment at an outpatient clinic, please do not bring anyone unless absolutely necessary and if this is the case please limit it to one person.
Restrictions can be challenging, and we understand each family’s situation is different. For exceptional circumstances we encourage families to speak to their family members nursing team for further advice.
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.