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Changes to visiting our hospitals

District re-introduces restrictions to protect patients from COVID-19.

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NSW Health has re-introduced restrictions on visitors at all public hospitals, to help further protect patients, their loved ones, staff and the community from COVID-19, as the latest outbreak continues to evolve in New South Wales.

"NSW is facing what has been described as one of the most serious moments of the COVID-19 pandemic in this state. To help us keep everyone safe, we need to limit the number of visitors to our hospitals," Dr Teresa Anderson, Sydney Local Health District's Chief Executive, said.

Visitors will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances - with compassionate consideration being given to hospital patients receiving care in the District's paediatric, maternity and palliative care units.

"Our staff are continuing to make a tremendous effort to protect and care for our patients. I would like to thank patients and families for their understanding," Dr Anderson said.

Masks are mandatory in our hospitals.

The measures are in addition to other precautions which include regular hand hygiene, wiping down surfaces and ensuring physical distancing is maintained.

The changes will further reduce the risk of the transmission of COVID-19.

Already, all staff and visitors are screened on entry to the District's facilities, have their temperature taken and are given a visitor entry pass.

Everyone is asked to check the NSW COVID-19 Case Location list of suburbs prior to coming to the District's facilities. People who have been in a Case Location at the designated time will not be able to enter the District's facilities.

Those with a fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing, or other flu-like symptoms are strongly encouraged to go to one of the District's COVID-19 Clinics for a free test.

There are Clinics at Canterbury, Concord and RPA hospitals, Redfern Health Centre and Central Railway Station.

The District has also expanded operations at its COVID-19 vaccination centres.

The District-managed vaccination centres at RPA and Sydney Olympic Park are now open seven days a week, to boost the number of appointments available for people in NSW to get the jab.

People living in NSW can get the vaccine now if they are 40 years of age or older, or match the eligibility criteria because of their job, health issues, or if they are caring for a vulnerable person.

To get the COVID-19 vaccine, book an appointment via the vaccine eligibility checker.

COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.