Visitor restrictions (from 1 am, 22 January 2021)

In line with the latest advice from Queensland Health, visitor restrictions at all hospitals within the Greater Brisbane region will be lifted from 22 January at 1 am. As part of these guidelines, children under the age of 16 are welcome to visit.

However, we will exclude anyone who:

  • has visited a COVID-19 hotspot within the last 14 days (please see Queensland Health list of COVID-19 hotspots)
  • has arrived from overseas within the last 14 days
  • has come into contact with someone who is a known case of COVID-19
  • has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days or is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
  • is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including: fever or history of fever, symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

Please visit the individual facility pages for further information on all other Mater hospitals across Queensland.

Mask wearing at Mater

From 1 am,  22 January 2021, in line with the updated guidelines from Queensland Health, surgical face masks will no longer be required to be worn by all patients, visitors and staff while within any of our hospital facilities. Please be advised that should you wish to wear a mask while within our hospitals, you will be provided with one upon entry.

With these eased safety restrictions, it is important that all visitors practice thorough hand hygiene, maintain social distancing where possible and continue our general clinical safety practises to keep everyone safe.

Queensland border restrictions

For the latest information on border restrictions, please visit the Queenland Health website.

Patients, families and visitors updates

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What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold along with more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus and was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China, that has now extended into a number of countries around the world. For more information  on COVID-19 you can access this patient flyer

Symptoms of COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and if you’re sick your symptoms might include:

  • fever or history of fever
  • acute respitory infection symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat)
  • loss of smell
  • loss of taste
  • runny nose 
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea 
  • vomiting
  • fatigue.

When should I get tested?

If you’re feeling sick with any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Get tested immediately by either seeing your local doctor or visiting your nearest Fever Clinic.

Testing is important to find as many cases in the community as quickly as possible.

If you make an appointment with your doctor, please call ahead so they can prepare for your visit and tell the staff what your symptoms are and your travel history (if any) or that you may have been in contact with a potential case.

Please stay home and isolate until you get the results and your symptoms resolve.

How can I protect myself and my family?

To protect yourself and others from infection it's important to practice good hand hygiene and always;

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is unwell—try to stay 1.5m away from anyone coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid shaking hands, hugging and kissing.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.