Current restrictions

Last updated: 29 April 2022

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic status in WA, we have introduced the following restrictions and service changes to protect our patients, their families and our staff. 

Services will continue during this time, with some changes to keep families and staff safe. There may be times that appointments need to be re-arranged and we will do this as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Please do not visit us if you are unwell or have been to an exposure site.

One person can accompany a child or young person to an appointment.

Close contacts

If you are a close contact of COVID-19, we ask:

  • You contact your treating team about whether your appointment should go ahead, or if can be changed or moved to telehealth, where possible
  • If a face-to-face appointment is needed, you will need to show that you are COVID negative on the day. 
    • This may be a date stamped photo of a negative RAT from the day of appointment or an SMS of a negative PCR result within 24 hours of the date of appointment.

Exemptions

Exemptions are for critical compassionate grounds only, following the agreed approval process and approval form. Please speak to your treating team for more information.

Unvaccinated visitors

One unvaccinated visitor can attend an appointment with additional public health safety measures in place.

Screening when you arrive

When you arrive, you will need to go through our visitor screening process.

You will be asked:

  • some screening questions, including a check to see if you have been to an exposure site and are required to isolate or have been a close contact of a COVID-19 case in the last seven days
  • to check in on SafeWA or ServiceWA app
  • to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status, if you are aged 16 years and over (excluding patients and clients)

Rapid Antigen Tests

When you visit some of our sites, you or child may be required to complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).

These are the clients that are currently in scope:

  • CAMHS clients who attend the following group therapy sessions:
    • Pathways (Shenton Park)
    • Eating Disorders Service (PCH based)
    • CAHDS (PCH based)
    • Clinic K, Paediatric Consultation Liaison
    • Touchstone (Bentley).

It’s a simple process. A nurse takes you to a booth where a nasal swab is done. The overall time may be around 30 minutes, with about 15 to 20 minutes to wait for the result.

We know that this will add extra time to your journey, but it is essential for us to continue to deliver safe care to your child and the children of WA. So please bear with us while we conduct this test.

Helping kids prepare for a RAT

It is normal for kids and adults to be scared of taking a RAT or nasal swab.

Visit Getting tested for more on how you can make them easier and more comfortable for you and your child.

Masks

Surgical masks are required to be worn inside at all sites, for everyone aged 12 years and over. Please remember to bring a surgical mask with you, however we can provide one if required.

Find out more about how to wear a face mask correctly.

Child Health

  • All Child Health appointments will move to telehealth – via phone or videocall.
  • If you do have a telehealth appointment, it may be followed up by a brief physical assessment in person at one of our clinics.
  • Home visits: Only one parent or carer in the room and if you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask.
  • All parenting groups will be online.
    • Triple P parenting groups that were in person will be rescheduled to a later date.
  • Drop-in clinics are temporarily closed. If you are concerned about your child’s growth and development, call 1300 749 869 and a nurse can be requested to call you.
  • Visit our resources page for online parenting and child development information.

School Health

  • School Entry Health Assessments may be rescheduled.
    • Results of School Entry Health Assessments will continue to be followed up with parents and carers.
  • Nocturnal (night-time) Enuresis (bedwetting)
    • Current clients may have their appointment moved to telehealth – phone or video call.
    • New Nocturnal Enuresis clients will be rescheduled to another date.

Child Development Service

  • Most appointments will be provided by telehealth - over the phone or by video call
  • If your clinician needs to see your child in person, our telehealth appointment may be followed up with an appointment at one of our CDS sites.

Some appointments may be moved to telehealth, if clinically appropriate. You will be informed if your appointment changes.

The following clients will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT):

  • Pathways (Shenton Park)
  • Eating Disorders Service
  • CAHDS (PCH)
  • Clinic K, Paediatric Consultation Liaison
  • Touchstone (Bentley).

Please check the current restrictions at Perth Children’s Hospital.

Last Updated: 06/05/2022