Change to RHH visiting hours - 31 March 2020

31 March 2020

Susan Gannon, Chief Executive Hospitals South

The Royal Hobart Hospital is changing its rules for visitors to ensure patient safety is maximised.

From today Tuesday 31 March, visitors will only be able to visit patients from the hours of 2pm to 6pm, and only one visitor per patient will be permitted at any one time for a maximum period of 30 minutes.

We would ask everyone to also consider their need to visit, and to instead stay in touch with their loved ones by telephone or by video-linking such as Skype or FaceTime.

It is critical that all of us do everything we can to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

Anyone who has a cough, sore throat, or fever should not be visiting the hospital, neither should anyone who has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

If a person does need to visit the hospital, they should ensure they make use of the hand sanitiser on entry and exiting and adhere to the 1.5m social distancing requirement at all times.

Please note that restrictions will not apply in the event that a patient is being palliated or at end-of-life, or in relation to maternity and paediatric patients.

The situation with coronavirus is changing regularly. People can stay up to date by visiting the Department of Health coronavirus website at or the Australian Government Department of Health website at

Anyone requiring more information about coronavirus should contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.