Masks no longer mandatory in all areas of hospital

Westmead Hospital cardiac physiologist Ivana Trivic practices hand hygiene after being screened by registered nurse Janice Rodrigues in early 2020.

Patient and visitors to Western Sydney Local Health District facilities now only need to wear a mask in the emergency department or when coming to get a COVID-19 test.

Masks are no longer required to be worn when in other areas of our hospitals.

With no locally acquired COVID-19 cases in NSW in the past week, NSW Health made this decision following a review of COVID-19 transmission risk in the community.

Health screening will still occur at hospital entries, where staff and visitors will continue to have their temperature checked and be asked about recent travel, any flu-like symptoms and any household members in isolation.

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, all patients and visitors are still encouraged to maintain physical distance of 1.5 metres and practise good hand hygiene by washing your hands regularly and using hand sanitiser.

Please refrain from visiting patients in our facilities if you are unwell with symptoms like a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, tiredness, fever or loss of taste or smell. Get tested and isolate right away – don’t delay.

Masks are still advised when you are unable to physically distance, particularly in indoor settings and on public transport, to keep everyone safe.

There are currently more than 23 testing clinics across Western Sydney Local Health District – find your nearest one here, and stay up to date with the latest COVID-19 news at the NSW Health website.