We have COVID-19 resources available in a number of
general information, including testing or vaccination sites, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au
site also has translated
information in languages other than English.
Kids Health Info coronavirus fact sheet contains
advice for parents and carers whose child may have COVID-19.
our RCH TV page to watch
videos made especially for children—some of these are designed to
explain COVID-19 topics.
If you need an interpreter, please call TIS
National on 131 450.
Visitor restrictions are currently in place at The Royal Children’s
Hospital. These determine who can visit and the number of visitors allowed in
each ward or area.
Restrictions vary for each ward and can change at short notice. Please
check carefully before you visit.
View our Visitor Guidelines page for the
Like other hospitals in Victoria, the RCH creates tailored restrictions
based on its unique needs and risk profile. These align with guidance provided to
us by the Victorian Department of Health.
Restrictions are never introduced lightly. They are based on what is important
and necessary to keep patients, families and staff safe during COVID-19.
respect our staff and follow their instructions at all times.
The RCH has strict infection prevention control protocols in place.
These include PPE (personal protective equipment) protocols for our staff and the
highest possible standards of cleaning and
We also rely on visitors to play their part.
While visiting the hospital, please remember to sanitise your hands
regularly and maintain physical distancing. Unless you have your own N95 mask,
you will be issued with a surgical mask on arrival. It’s absolutely essential
to wear this over both your mouth and nose at all times.
COVID testing at the RCH
There are no walk
or drive-in clinics available at the RCH as the Respiratory Infection Clinic is
permanently closed. If your child needs a PCR test, a list of testing locations
can be found on the Department of
Specialist clinic arrangements
If you or your child has COVID-19 (or COVID-like symptoms) and a
scheduled Specialist Clinic appointment, please call 03 9345 6180. The Clinic
staff will talk you through next steps to help your child get the care they
Visit our Specialist
Clinics web page for more information and guidelines around
Telehealth (phone or video call) appointments allow us to care for patients
while reducing the number of people attending the hospital each day.
Watch our telehealth quick
Before your child’s next appointment, a member of our Specialist Clinics
team may be in touch about moving this to a telehealth or phone review.
Patients who need to be seen in person will continue to have their
appointments at the hospital.