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Information for patients and visitors

As part of our response to COVID-19 we have taken precautions to help keep our patients, visitors and staff safe.

Thank you for your cooperation and doing your part to help keep everyone safe during this time.

It’s important to remember our Emergency Departments remain open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

As NSW residents continue to strongly support the COVID vaccination program and as we start to see the number of COVID-19 cases in our community decline, we have streamlined visitor access to hospitals.

Hospital Visitor Guidelines

Please note, in areas with patients at higher risk or receiving higher levels of care, there may be additional restrictions and precautions.

  • Two visitors per patient, per day are now allowed to visit.
  • Visitors must:
    • Wear a surgical mask correctly at all times while in the facility. Children aged 12 and under are not required to wear masks.
    • Not have tested positive to COVID-19 within the last 10 days
    • Not have tested positive to another acute respiratory infection in the last seven (7) days
    • Not have symptoms of COVID-19 or other acute respiratory infections
    • Not be a high risk contact of someone who has COVID-19 in the previous 14 days
    • Not have arrived from overseas in the past 7 days
  • Further details on visiting NSW Health hospitals and facilities, including a factsheet to download, vist the NSW Health website.

We encourage all patients and their families to speak directly with their treating clinical teams for further information and advice.

Hospital Visiting Hours
  • Nepean Hospital: 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm
  • Blue Mountains Hospital: 11am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm
  • Springwood Hospital: 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm
  • Lithgow Hospital: 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm
Birth Unit

Women can have two nominated people in the Birth Unit. These must be the same people throughout the admission.

Children's ward

Parents welcome 24hrs. Maximum of two people, including siblings, permitted at bedside during visiting hours. 
Maximum one parent or carer permitted to stay at beside overnight.

Emergency Department

One visitor or support person permitted for critically unwell patients, vulnerable patients and patients receiving palliative care. 

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Our staff talk directly to families and loved ones about specific arrangements, including virtual visits and in-person visits for some patients.

Nepean Cancer Care Centre

Nepean Cancer Care Centre permits essential carers only who must be 16 years or older.

NICU and Special Care Nursery wards

Patients are limited to parents/support person. This must be the same person throughout their admission.

Postnatal and Antenatal wards

Two visitors welcome between 8am and 8pm. Children can accompany visitors.

Elective Surgery 

All emergency surgery and urgent elective surgery continues unaffected.

Those waiting for non-urgent elective surgery impacted by changes due to COVID-19 will be contacted and encouraged to reach out to their referring doctor should their condition in any way deteriorate, so they can be reviewed and re-prioritised as required.

Outpatient Appointments 

One support person can attend your appointment with you.

Access Changes

On your next visit to our Hospitals, community health centres or other services you will notice some entries have been temporarily closed. We have reduced the number of entry points to help our staff screen all visitors, patients and staff before they enter.

All emergency department entrances are open as usual.

Nepean Hospital

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  • East Block (Building E) entrance (every day 5:30am to 10pm)
  • North Block (Building D) entrance via pedestrian link way (on Level 2) from the Parker Street multi-storey car park (every day 5:30am to 10pm)
  • South Block (Building D) entrance (every day 6am to 4:15pm)
  • West Block (Building C) entrance (every day 8:15am to 4:15pm)
  • Every day after hours access via the security entrance near the Emergency Department

Blue Mountains Hospital

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  • Main entrance, near emergency (every day 24 hours/7 days a week)
  • Administration entrance and Outpatient Department entrance (Monday to Friday, excl. public holidays, 7:30am to 4pm)

Lithgow Hospital

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  • Main entrance (every day 24 hours/7 days a week)