Current restrictions

Last updated: 15 August 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.

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. 

Screening when you arrive

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

You will be asked:

  • some screening questions about your health in relation to COVID-19 symptoms and close contacts
  • to have your proof of vaccination ready to present, if asked

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)
    • Clinic K at PCH
    • 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.

At all Community Health sites

  • Appointments are being delivered face to face, where possible
  • You may be asked to present proof of COVID vaccination or exemption, if asked
  • There is no restriction on visitors attending an appointment with a patient or client, however we do ask that siblings don't attend, if this is possible
  • Everyone who is aged 12 years and over must wear a mask, children younger than 12 years are encouraged to wear a mask, if they can.

Child Health

  • If you or your child are COVID positive or a close contact, you can discuss your appointment options (including telehealth) with the nurse.
  • If you do have a telehealth appointment (phone or videocall), it may be followed up by a brief physical assessment in person at one of our clinics.
  • Home visits: Parents/carers are encouraged to wear a mask. Masks can be provided if needed.
  • Parenting groups will be provided face-to-face where the venue allows for physical distancing.
    • They will also continue to be offered online.
    • Visit Parenting groups for more information on groups.
  • 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.

Child Development Service

  • The Child Development Service (CDS) is currently providing a combination of face to face appointments at CDS sites and telehealth appointments (over the phone or by video call), depending on what is most appropriate for your child at this time.
  • If you or your child are unwell, COVID positive or a close contact, please reschedule any face to face appointments or ask if your appointment can be by telehealth.
  • If your appointment is face to face, please be aware that anyone over 12 years old will be asked to wear a mask.
  • If you have any questions about your child’s appointment, please call your local CDS site.

Service is business as usual.

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

Community CAMHS services

  • Pathways (Shenton Park)
  • Touchstone (Bentley).

Perth Children's Hospital services

  • Ward 5A
  • Clinic K: Day Therapy Program and Family Meal sessions.

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

Last Updated: 16/08/2022