COVID-19 Update

To ensure the health of our staff and patients we have increased our visitor restrictions:

  • Visitors may only enter the Hospital to provide assistance during the drop-off or pick-up of a patient
  • Maternity patients may still have their partner attend with them
  • Patients and maternity patient partners will be screened with a series of questions prior to entering the facility. 
  • The Hospital café is no longer open
  • Federal Government information for visitors

The Hospital is proactively encouraging all people in the community to follow the hygiene and social distance advice to further protect against COVID-19. Please refer to the SA Health information on handwashing

Internal measures have also been put in place to minimise the risk of transmission from members of staff (including volunteers and contractors) who meet high risk criteria for COVID-19.

As this is an evolving situation, we will continue to keep you updated via our web site and Facebook.  If you have any specific questions please feel free to contact Hospital’s Reception on 08 8202 7222.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Important announcements from Burnside Hospital:

Important information for Burnside Hospital patients and their visitors (last updated 28th March 2020)


Important information for Maternity patients at Burnside Hospital:

As a maternity patient at Burnside Hospital during these challenging times, we are committed to keeping you and your newborn safe.

To help minimise the risk of infection transmission of COVID-19 to our maternity patients and their babies, Burnside Hospital in consultation with the Perinatal Committee has implemented the below process:

  • Partners are permitted to attend the birth, and accompany you for the duration of your stay at Burnside. They will however need to be screened each time they enter the Hospital, this includes a thermal temperature check
  • Visitors will unfortunately not be able to come to the Hospital. We encourage the use of mobile phones for video calls through channels such as FaceTime, Skype, Facebook Messenger and the use of social media to remain connected to your friends and loved ones during this special, yet challenging time
  • Our midwives and doctors will be wearing masks and eye protection in the delivery room during epidural insertion, and at the time your baby is being born. If you are in labour and showing symptoms of a cold, you will be requested to wear a mask also. 
  • The Hospital’s Café Otto is now closed until further notice
  • We are working hard to restrict items that have been handled multiple times e.g. flowers, stuffed toys, hampers etc. We understand that loved ones may like to send gifts to congratulate you on your new arrival, however, please restrict these wherever possible. They add another element of possible transmission into our Hospital.
  • Patients are to advise Burnside Hospital staff is they, or anyone they know, has recently returned from overseas or interstate, or has the following symptoms – cold, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, runny nose or fever.

Current maternity patients are to phone the maternity unit on (08) 8202 7219 prior to presenting to Hospital for monitoring or medical treatment.

Updated 28th March 2020

Antenatal Classes for Maternity Patients:

The safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority. Given the current situation with COVID-19, we are cancelling all non-essential events, including our maternity education classes. Regrettably, all antenatal classes have been cancelled until further notice.

We are currently finalising a series of information to be made available online, encompassing topics discussed at antenatal classes, in substitute for our face-face sessions which have been suspended until further notice

Please contact the hospital on 08 8202 7222 if you have any questions / concerns.

We encourage our community to keep up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 from SA Health.



Pregnancy is a time of great joy and expectation for most women and their families. Following the declaration of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we understand that all pregnant women will feel a great sense of anxiety about their own health and that of their unborn or newborn baby. 

Read more: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for pregnant women and their families (16 March 2020)


Additional resources:

We encourage our community to keep up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 from the following additional resources:

Australian Government Department of Health

Government of South Australia - SA Health

World Health Organisation (WHO)

TGA cautions against over-buying medicines

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