Changes to Visiting at TPCH
The safety of our patients, our staff, and all visitors is paramount. And we also understand that visiting your loved ones in hospital is incredibly important. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions when it comes to visits.
Visits are currently limited to up to two people per patient, at any one time. Visitors are permitted to stay for any length of time within visiting hours. Visiting hours vary from ward to ward. Please check with the ward before visiting.
More than two visitors may be allowed when undertaking an end-of-life visit. Please discuss with the patient’s treating team.
It’s important you don’t visit a hospital if you:
- Have been diagnosed with COVID-19
- Have been asked to self-quarantine
- Have had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Are unwell, particularly with a fever (37.5 degrees or more) or a cough, runny nose, sore throat, breathing difficulties or loss of taste or smell.
From 1 May, you must have had your influenza vaccination to visit aged care facilities.
The restrictions apply to all visitors. We acknowledge there may be special circumstances where additional support may be needed. If you think this is the case, please discuss it with the nurse unit manager or director of nursing of the facility before visiting.
We understand these restrictions are hard, and we know visitors play an important role in a patient’s recovery, but these are exceptional times. Technology makes it easy to stay in touch remotely, and we really encourage you to stay connected through phone, text, email, social media or video-chat.
If you’re new to video-chat, we have created some guides on how to best use your device to keep in touch. You can even use our free WiFi! Find out how to connect a patient to Wifi and download video call applications for free.
The Prince Charles Hospital is a 630-bed major tertiary referral hospital located at Chermside within Metro North Hospital and Health Service, 10 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD.
Visiting hours and wards
We encourage family and friends to visit our patients during their stay. Visiting hours are flexible, and vary from ward to ward. Some wards/areas have restricted visiting hours due to the nature of care being provided in that particular clinical area and most wards have rest periods. Visitors can ask ward staff about the particular visiting arrangements for the ward where their relative or friend is staying.
Visitors are asked to consider the needs of other patients in the room. The nurse unit manager is responsible for the ward and may ask visitors to leave, or restrict visitors during medical and nursing procedures and in emergency situations. Visitors should not attend the hospital if they have a potentially infectious illness (e.g. coughs or colds, gastro symptoms). Children are to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
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) 3139 4000
Mobile phone use
Mobile phones can be used within the hospital. Some units and areas may ask visitors to restrict mobile phone use, due to the presence of sensitive medical equipment and the level of illness of patients. Please adhere to signage about mobile phone usage in the area you are visiting.
As many wards have rooms which accommodate more than one patient at a time, family members and visitors are asked to show courtesy and discretion when using their mobile phone in the ward area.
Hospital staff are issued with cordless phones that do not interfere with sensitive equipment.
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 to check with staff before giving food items to their relative. Please be aware that due to food safety regulations, ward fridges are cleaned daily and opened food/fluids discarded after 24 hours.
Bringing flowers to patients
Flowers and potted plants are a lovely gift for patients. Please check with nursing staff before bringing in flowers. For patient safety reasons, we cannot allow flowers or potted plants in the following specialised areas:
- Intensive Care
- Coronary Care Units
Please do not bring oriental lilies due to staff allergies. Flowers can be purchased from the Common Good Cafe and Coffee Shop.
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.
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. Fines do apply and will be issued as per The Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011.
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 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.
Breast feeding facilities
A Mother’s Room is located in the hospital’s Education Centre near the toilets.
The Prince Charles Hospital
Located: Rode Road
CHERMSIDE QLD 4032
Phone: (07) 3139 4000