Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Federal Government announced from 1 April 2020, all non-urgent elective surgery will be temporarily suspended, with the exception of Category 1 and some urgent Category 2 surgeries. This applies to both public and private hospitals throughout Australia. If you are already booked to have surgery or your doctor has advised that surgery is necessary, please contact the doctors practice to confirm if an adjustment is required to your healthcare treatment plan.

Cancellation of non-urgent elective surgeries…What does this mean for you.


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

Information for Patients 

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
  • Returned from International Travel in the past 14 days, or
  • Concerned that you may have Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

 COVID19-A5-Brochure (PDF 869.8KB)



Information for Visitors

Only ONE visitor is permitted per patient. It is encouraged that visits to our hospital are minimal and suggest using telephone or video call to connect with your loved one.  

Please do not enter our Hospital if you are:

  • Experiencing Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath
  • Returned from International Travel in the past 14 days, 
  • Concerned that you may have Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • If you are unwell, or been in contact with anyone unwell, please do not visit patients in the hospital.

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


What are Coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In late 2019, a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans was identified in China – it is called the 2019-nCoV virus.

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?

The most common symptom is a fever. Other symptoms include: a cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute 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.

For more information, and to stay up today on COVID-19 visit NSW Health