We welcome visitors. They improve a patient’s recovery and the communication between patients, families and staff.
- Visiting hours are from 10am to 8pm, with a rest period between 1.30pm and 2.30pm
- Two visitors are allowed at the bedside during general visiting hours
- Masks must be worn in clinical areas and are strongly recommended in non-clinical areas of the hospital
- Exemptions are in place for end-of-life care - speak to the ward's Nurse Unit Manager
- You should not enter the hospital if you are unwell, have COVID-19 or are a COVID-19 contact
Visiting hours at the RMH
General visiting hours are between 10am and 8pm. We have a rest period between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Special visiting hours
Some wards have their own visiting hours and rest periods that meet the special needs of their patients. These include:
- Intensive Care Unit
- Ward 6 South East (6SE)
- Ward 7 West
- Mental health wards located in the John Cade building
Ask the staff in these areas about visiting hours and rest periods.
Why are there set visiting hours?
Our visiting hours support family participation in care, which has been shown to improve the patient’s recovery and improve the communication between patients, families and staff.
How many visitors can a patient have?
Two visitors are allowed at the bedside during general visiting hours.
We understand there will be times when there may be more than 2 people wanting to visit patients. We work with patients and their visitors to make sure other patients are not disturbed and that staff can continue to provide safe care.
There may be times when visitors are asked to leave the bedside to enable our staff to attend a patient’s care and provide appropriate privacy. We ask that all visitors work with our staff to respect this request.
Food and drink must not be consumed by visitors at the bedside to avoid the need to remove masks.
In the Emergency Department, visitors are welcome at any time. All visitors are issued with a Visitor sticker on arrival to ensure they are clearly identifiable to our staff.
The priority in the Emergency Department is to provide prompt assessment and treatment, and there will be times when visitors are asked to leave the bedside to enable our staff to attend to patient care.
We generally restrict visitors to 2 people per patient to ensure our staff can easily access patients.
When patients are admitted to hospital, they will be asked to identify 2 designated visitors who may play a key role in their care.
In consultation with the Nurse Unit Manager, these designated visitors may help during mealtimes, be present when the doctor visits or stay with the patient outside general visiting hours (10am to 8pm), if needed.
Rest periods and protected mealtimes
Between 1.30pm and 2.30pm the ward lights are dimmed and curtains are drawn.
Our staff aim to keep the noise level to a minimum and reduce the number of people moving about the ward. This allows patients some quiet time to rest.
Designated visitors are welcome to stay during the rest period if patients need them, but other visitors are encouraged to leave the ward to allow patients to rest.
Some of our wards have protected mealtimes, where visitors are asked to leave for a while so that patients can relax and take their time to enjoy a meal without distraction.
Designated visitors are welcome to stay during protected mealtimes to help with meals if patients would like them to do so. This is especially important for our older patients, or those who have trouble eating or require additional support.
Do visitors have to wear a mask?
All visitors must wear a mask in clinical areas of the hospital. Visitors with a mask exemption must wear a face shield.
We encourage you to wear a mask at all times during your visit. Masks are available at our health service entrances and wards.
N95 mask requirements
In some high-risk areas, such as the Emergency Department, visitors and patients must wear N95 masks.
Visitors must also wear N95 masks in:
- Ward 5 West Day Medical
- Ward 6 South West
- Ward 7B
Do visitors have to check in?
Visitors are no longer required to check in at the RMH Parkville hospital entrances.
You should not enter the hospital if you are unwell, have COVID-19 or are a COVID-19 contact.
Visitors and security after hours
For additional security, most wards will close and lock their doors when general visiting hours finish at 8pm.
Designated visitors may arrange with the Nurse Unit Manager to stay outside general visiting hours. Designated visitors may be asked to wear a green Visitor sticker to help staff identify them.
At the RMH Parkville, access to the wards after visiting hours finish will be via the Emergency Department.
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