Information about COVID-19

St Vincent's is working closely with NSW Health to help keep our patients, visitors and staff safe. Our hospital remains open, with the appropriate safeguards and containment precautions in place. 

Please see the below important information about visiting, entry requirements, getting tested and how to keep yourself safe. 

Visiting hours

St Vincent's continues to visiting hours to protect patients and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Commencing Wednesday 10th February, 2021 our current visitor restrictions are:

Xavier Wards (main hospital) and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation
Visitors will be limited to three visitors per patient per day, between 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm

Emergency Department

2 visitors per patient for up to 3 hours

Intensive Care Unit
2 visitors per patient bedside for up to 3 hours, between 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm

Palliative Care
3 visitors at a time, between 8am - 8pm

2 visitors per patient at any time from 5pm to 7pm

1 visitor per patient at any time from 1pm to 8pm

1 visitor per patient at any time from 1pm to 8pm

Exemptions may be made on compassionate grounds.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Exemptions may be made on compassionate grounds.

We understand this is difficult for loved ones, but the safety of our patients, staff and community is our highest priority. Please consider staying in touch with loved ones via phone and/or face-time.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Conditions of entry

As a condition of entry into any of our facilities, including St Vincent's Hospital; Sacred Heart Health Service; The O'Brien Centre; The Kinghorn Cancer Centre; and St Joseph's Hospital in Auburn,  all visitors must:

  • Patients and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks when entering our facilities. Patients presenting who have chronic respiratory illness should continue to be requested to wear masks.
  • Check-in using our QR code on arrival and undergo thermal temperature screening
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Maintain 1.5 metre physical distance between yourself and others at all times.


Thank you for your cooperation. The safety of our staff, patients and community is our highest priority.

Keeping you safe

We are keeping our patients safe from COVID-19 in a number of ways. Please download our information booklet for details.

Information for patients being tested for COVID-19

For information about what to expect if you're being tested for COVID-19, please click here.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Symptom Checker  

Healthdirect has created an online COVID-19 symptoms check. Please CLICK HERE

Still have questions?

If you are unsure, contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.

Still have questions or need support while in isolation? Call the National Coronavirus Health Information line 1800 020 080 

For more information visit the NSW Health Website.


For information on COVID-19 in other languages, please click here.

COVID-19 Testing Clinic Locations & Operational Hours

For a full list of testing clinics across NSW, please CLICK HERE.

St Vincent’s has two locations for  Coronavirus testing.

East Sydney Arts Centre

34-40 Burton Street

The Clinic is open from 9am – 4pm 7 days a week and is only able to test adults.

Bondi Beach Drive-Thru Clinic   

Park Drive, Bondi Beach
Access via corner of Campbell parade and Beach road

NOTE: This clinic only tests individuals aged five years and older. Children under five years of age can attend Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick for testing.

Bondi Clinic is open 9am - 4pm, 7 days a week.

If your coronavirus test comes back positive, Public Health will contact you directly. If your coronavirus test comes back negative, you’ll be sent an SMS.

Test results can take up to 72 hours.

For information about what to expect if you're being tested for COVID-19, please click here.


Information about vaccines

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for Vaccine information in your language
Are the COVID-19 Vaccines Safe?

The vaccines have been developed to the highest standards from clinical trials and they have been approved by national authorities to be safe and effective. Based on overseas experience so far, the side effects have been mild, severe side effects rare 



Side effects of the vaccine.

Based on overseas experiences and research so far, the majority of side effects have been mild, and severe side effects are rare. The mild side effects you may experience are similar to what you get with other vaccines, including a headache, muscle aches or fatigue.



What are my choices?

The Commonwealth Government and the State Departments have plans in place to ensure that those who are most at risk of getting the illness get the vaccine first. These people include nursing home residents and healthcare workers on the frontline.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory for the general public.



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