Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital is located on the corner of Butterfield Street and Bowen Bridge Road in Herston, 4km north from the centre of the city.
There are currently no visitor restrictions in place at this facility unless you meet one of the conditions listed above. However, there are some areas of the hospital where numbers of visitors need to be restricted for the safety and comfort of our patients. Please contact the Nurse Unit Manager of ward or unit you wish to visit to check.
There are points to remember during your time at the RBWH:
- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly
- Physical distance from others to the extend reasonably practicable
- If you are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and stay at home (unless seeking treatment)
You cannot visit (unless you are a patient) if:
- You have been diagnosed with COVID-19
- You have returned from overseas or a hotspot in the last 14 days and do not have an exemption to visit
- You have been asked to self-quarantine
- You have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- You have a fever (37.5 degrees or more) or history of fever (e.g. nights sweats, chills) or acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), runny nose, vomiting or nausea, diarrhoea, loss of smell or loss of taste.
For more information please refer to the Queensland Health website.
Enquiries about a patient’s health
Family and friends can call our general enquiry number and ask to be transferred through to a patient’s bedside phone or ward reception. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, staff will not provide specific medical information.
General enquiry phone: (07) 3646 8111
Bringing food for patients
We understand some patients prefer their own food. Please note we do not take responsibility for food that is brought in by visitors for patients. We advise visitors who wish to bring food for patients to choose low risk food and check with staff before giving to their relative.
Bringing flowers to patients
Flowers and potted plants are a lovely gift for patients. For patient safety reasons, we cannot allow flowers or potted plants in these areas:
- Intensive Care (4A)
- Burns (4C)
- Haematology (5C)
- Infectious Diseases Wattlebrae (6C)
- Neurosurgery (8AS). Some patients are allowed, please check with the ward first.
Your appointment (outpatients)
Your outpatient appointment is to see a specialist or clinician about your condition without being admitted into hospital. You may have an outpatient appointment before and/or after your admission to hospital.
Clean hands help prevent infection. To reduce the risk and spread of infections, we ask you, your visitors and staff to keep their hands clean.
It is okay to use the hand gel or the basins to clean hands. Please ask your family and friends not to visit if they are sick. Find out how you can protect yourself and your loved ones by hand washing for hygiene.
We are committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of our patients, visitors and staff. We promote a safe and comfortable environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
We remind everyone that Queensland Health has a policy of zero tolerance to violence. The following inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated:
- aggressive, abusive and threatening
- physical or verbal attacks
- obscene, racist, sexist or demeaning language
Our security guards are available 24/7. In circumstances when our staff respond to violence, they do so from a legal and ethical framework. You are encouraged to report all incidents including concerns regarding staff conduct.
Smoke free environment
Smoking is not permitted on the hospital grounds.
The Queensland Tobacco Laws ban smoking at hospitals and on campus grounds within 5 metres of its boundary.
If you are a patient who smokes and want to give up, we can help you with free Nicotine Replacement Therapy or alternatives. Please ask your clinical staff for advice on treatment or phone the anonymous and confidential QUITLINE service on 131 848.
We strongly advise that you do not to leave the ward area to smoke. Leaving the ward is at your own risk and against the advice of your medical team. Hospital equipment must not be taken off hospital grounds.
In no event or circumstances shall Queensland Health be liable for any injury, harm or damages incurred by you choosing to exit the hospital buildings and/or grounds for the purposes of smoking.
Toilets are located on every floor of the hospital for patient and visitor use. Please ask staff for the toilet closest to you.