Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Effective immediately, visitors will not be permitted at St Vincent’s Private Hospital except on compassionate grounds such as end of life care.

We understand this is difficult for patients and their loved ones, and ask for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

COVID-19 Screening for Patient Admissions into Hospital 

In order to protect the safety of all our patients, staff and visitors, St Vincent’s Health Australia,  St Vincent’s Private Hospital and St Vincent’s Clinic have very strict policies in place to ensure that all patients being admitted into the Hospital and our Clinic are appropriately screened in accordance with our guidelines.

  • From Thursday, 2nd September 2021, all patients are required to present a negative COVID-19 (taken within 72 hours of their admission)
  • COVID-19 screening will be required on entry and exit of the hospital
  • Visitors are currently not permitted into the hospital, unless an exemption is granted
  • If an escort is required at time of admission (with a granted exemption), from Thursday, 2nd September 2021, all escorts are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result (taken within 72 hours of their admission)

A reminder that we recommend that if you need to undertake a COVID-19 test you attend your local testing clinic. The closest testing clinic to St Vincent's is the East Sydney Clinic at 34 Burton St, Darlinghurst. Please note that patients are NOT to present to the St Vincent's Emergency Department for testing.  

If you are booked to come into hospital, our staff will be asking additional screening questions prior to your admission regarding your general state of health and travelling history. 

Please contact your Doctor's rooms for advice if you are;

  • Experiencing Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath
  • Concerned that you may have Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Elective Surgery 

We acknowledge that a number of patients have been inconvenienced due to cancellation and/or delay of elective surgeries, however we ask for your understanding and patience with our team as we work closely with our surgeons to support them in providing care to you.

All decisions made on confirmed surgeries will be guided by the most up to date information provided from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and endorsed by National Cabinet. The guidelines and specific criteria that AHPPC have set include consideration given to the risk of the procedure, the condition of the patient, available stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and hospital ICU and bed capacity. As such these will be discussed, and risk assessed with your surgeon and our clinical team prior to confirmation of surgery.

If you are considering or are scheduled for elective surgery, please contact your doctor discuss your health care treatment.

If you have any questions regarding your up-coming admission to St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney please contact our team on (02) 8382 7111. Alternatively, visit NSW Health for the most up to date information on COVID-19.

St Vincent's Private Hospital Sydney is committed to caring for our community, and will be supporting our patients in line with government advice and health guidelines.

Updated Patient Escort Policy

Patients being admitted to the hospital will be required to organise to be dropped off at the private hospital main entrance at 406 Victoria Street. 

For Day Surgery patients you must organise to be collected from St Vincent's Clinic at 438 Victoria Street.

All patients that are staying overnight should be collected from the private hospital main entrance at 406 Victoria Street.


Reducing the risk of infection from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 COVID19-A5-Brochure (PDF 869.8KB)


We thank you for your assistance in promoting community health and well-being.    

What is COVID-19?

  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild illness, such as the common cold.
  • COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
  • Human coronaviruses are spread through contaminated droplets, by coughing or sneezing, or by touching contaminated objects.
  • COVID-19 is tested by taking a swab from your inside nose and mouth.

How is it spread?

Human coronaviruses are spread from someone with confirmed coronavirus to other close contacts with that person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.

The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically 5 to 6 days, although may range from 2 to 14 days. For this reason, people who might have been in contact with a confirmed case are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Most COVID-19 cases appear to be spread from people who have symptoms. A small number of people may have been infectious before their symptoms developed.

What are the symptoms?

  • Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing.
  • Most symptoms appear 5 to 6 days after a person is infected.
  • Most people have mild symptoms, and will recover with rest and fluids.
  • Some people have no symptoms at all. People may be infectious without having symptoms.
  • In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia and severe respiratory distress. 

I have symptoms. What should I do to protect myself and my family?

The best way to protect yourself is the same as you would against any respiratory infection. Practice good hygiene by:

  • Making sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

Make sure you stay home if you are sick.

What is “self-isolation”?

  • Self-isolation involves staying indoors and avoiding further contact with people until you are sure you do not have COVID-19 infection
  • You must self-isolate for 14 days if: You have returned from overseas in the last 14 days, returned from travel to greater Melbourne in the last 14 days, or have had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19
  • If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, then you must “self isolate” until your result is negative (clear)

For more information on COVID-19 visit NSW Health