Changes make it simpler to visit public hospitals

15 August 2022

Extended visitor hours and revised proof of vaccination arrangements are among the key changes affecting people entering Western Australia’s public hospitals (PDF 409KB) from Monday, 15 August 2022.

Elderly hospital patient sitting with daughters hands on her shoulders

The changes aim to support visitor access and protect patients and staff from COVID-19 infection while ensuring effective flow through hospitals.

Key changes include:

  • visiting hours to revert to normal (pre-pandemic) arrangements. These may vary between hospitals. Essential visitors may visit outside standard hours.
  • two visitors per patient allowed at any time during visiting hours. More than two may be permitted in certain circumstances.
  • hospital staff to conduct spot checks of visitors’ proof of COVID-19 vaccination status, replacing inspections on-entry.
  • asymptomatic visitors no longer required to produce a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result, unless visiting a high-risk area or vulnerable patients.
  • targeted testing, as required.