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 call you back within one business day.
For the latest information, please read the COVID-19 information for pregnant women fact sheet.
Visitor restrictions – changes to take effect from Monday 13 July 2020
From Monday 13 July, all hospitals and community health centres across the ACT are returning to tighter visitor restrictions.
This is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria and recent positive cases in the ACT.
The visitor policy includes:
- One visitor per patient, per day.
- Admitted babies, children and young people (0 -17 years) may have one parent/carer present at all times, with an additional visitor up to one hour each day.
- Women who are admitted for care related to birthing may have up to two support persons present. This needs to be pre-planned with the relevant midwifery and obstetric staff during antenatal care.
- If you are attending an outpatient and/or a community health clinic you should, wherever possible, attend alone. If you require a support person, please limit this to one person.
Social distancing principles will continue to apply to all carers and visitors, while children and young people (0-17 years) should avoid visiting health facilities wherever possible.
The decision to restrict visitors to our health services is always a difficult one, but it ensures we can protect the health and safety of patients, staff and their loved ones. This is especially necessary for our most vulnerable, particularly patients whose health is already compromised.
Staff have been asked to use compassion and common sense to ensure you receive the support you need.
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.