Hospital Visitor Restrictions

The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is very important and by restricting visitors we are taking measures that align with public health advice to prevent the potential spread and impact of COVID-19.

Unless you are seeking personal medical treatment or care, we ask that you do not visit our hospital, outpatient clinic or community centres if you:

  • are unwell with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), such as a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, fever or loss of sense of taste or smell;
  • have been advised to self-isolate following international or interstate travel, or
  • are awaiting an COVID-19 test result.

Visitors must:

  • Wear a mask at all times while on the premises. (This applies to all staff and visitors to the hospital or residential aged care facility over 12 years of age.)
  • Visit between 2pm - 6pm with a maximum of one visitor per patient at a time for most areas.  
    ATTENTION: North West Regional Hospital visiting restrictions have changed - see North West Regional Hospital for details (14 August 2020)
  • Complete the visitor screening tool on arrival
  • Contact the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) or Associate NUM, where present, for an exemption, for example in the ICU and Palliative Care

To request an exemption on compassionate grounds, contact the facility you wish to visit and talk with the Nurse Unit Manager or Associate NUM.

Visitors allowed:

Area / Ward

Number of visitors

Outpatient clinics and community centres

Support person only

Department of Critical Care Medicine

Two visitors will be allowed at any one time

Emergency Department

A single visitor is permitted in the following circumstances:

  • A parent/guardian of a dependent child
  • A support person for a patient requiring significant physical, communication or comprehension assistance.
  • On compassionate grounds.

We understand that coming to an Emergency Department can be very stressful, but these restrictions are necessary to reduce crowding in the busy Emergency Department and waiting areas.

Neonatal Intensive Care

Parents / Carers have unrestricted visiting with a maximum of two people visiting.

Compassionate situation – exemptions may be applied for siblings.

Paediatric Unit

Parents / Carers have unrestricted visiting with a maximum of two people visiting.

Maternity Unit

An upper limit of two people to support mothers in the maternity unit (this limit of two includes the partner, if the partner is present).

Operating Theatre and Recovery Room

Visitors not routinely allowed. Parents may visit children post-surgery

Short Stay Surgical Unit

One support person permitted

Palliative Care

An upper limit of four visitors for patients receiving end-of-life care, and the capacity for one visitor to stay overnight and for pets to visit where appropriate.

Tasmanian Hospitals

Tasmania has four major public hospitals - Royal Hobart Hospital, Launceston General Hospital, North West Regional Hospital and Mersey Community Hospital - with a supporting network of rural hospitals and multipurpose services.

Healthscope Tasmania, Calvary Health Care Tasmania and Health Care Australia provide private hospitals in Tasmania.

Tertiary services are provided in limited locations and include cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, hepatic (liver) surgery, neo natal intensive care, specialised paediatric surgery and a severe burns unit. Secondary hospital services such as general medicine and surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and paediatric services are more widely available state-wide.

Some hospital services are bought from the private sector. Major contracted services include maternity services (North West Private Hospital), ophthalmology (Tasmanian Eye Clinic, Launceston Eye Clinic and North West Private Hospital). Diagnostic pathology and imaging services are also purchased by the North West Regional Hospital, as are nuclear medicine services at the Launceston General Hospital. The Royal Hobart Hospital and the Hobart Private Hospital have a partnership for some patient care and support services.


The major public teaching hospitals and the private hospitals with which the Agency has contracts are accredited by the Australian Council on Health Care Standards. They meet, and in may cases exceed, the national standards by which modern hospitals are judged, meaning that patients can expect to receive the best possible care.

Teaching and research

Clinical teaching and research are an essential part of the services provided. Teaching undertaken by Tasmanian hospitals is one way of ensuring that health professionals are appropriately trained and skilled, while clinical research activities contribute to improved treatment of patients. Patients may be asked whether they wish to participate in this teaching process by being observed by training health professionals or by being treated by them. Being part of this process is voluntary for patients.

How services are delivered

Hospital services may be grouped into the following categories:

  • Admitted patients
    A person may be admitted to hospital for one day, overnight or stay a number of nights. Examples of different types of care provided to admitted patients include:
    • Same day surgery;
    • Same day medical procedures; and
    • Inpatients, who stay overnight in hospital and/or longer.
  • Services provided by Departments of Emergency Medicine (DEM)
    Injuries, illnesses or health problems that suddenly affects a person's well-being and may be too serious to be dealt with by a General Practitioner are provided by DEMs.
  • Outpatient services
    A person referred and receiving treatment in an outpatient clinic is not admitted to hospital. Instead, referred outpatients visit the hospital to attend an appointment in a particular outpatient clinic.

Schedule of fees

Click on the link to view the Tasmanian Public Hospital Schedule of Fees

Patient Travel Assistance

Follow the link for information on the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme

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