King Edward Memorial Hospital

Visiting the hospital


You will need to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status when visiting our hospital or services so we can protect our patients, staff and the community from the spread of COVID-19.

It will be important that you allow extra time when visiting and plan well in advance to understand the requirements for visitors, such as proof of vaccination.

Please remember to be patient with our staff – they are doing their best. Abuse of staff in any form will not be tolerated and you may be denied entry.

Please familiarise yourself with the following information:

  • Visitors must comply with the screening questions, wear a surgical mask (staff will provide this to you), show evidence of being fully vaccinated (and show identification), follow public health measures and follow any further directions by staff
  • There are exceptional circumstances to visitor restrictions, determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Entrances to hospital sites will be limited to ensure checkpoint staff and security are able to effectively and safely manage visitor access.
  • Visitor is required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccination (acceptable forms and requirement for identification listed below)


Proof of vaccination

Visitors to hospital sites will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination (external site), either in a digital or paper-based form, along with approved identification in some cases.

Acceptable forms of evidence include:

  • Service WA (no identification required)
  • Express Plus Medicare App (no identification required)
  • Digital certificate (identification required)
  • Immunisation history statement – printed or digital (identification required)
  • Medical exemption – printed or digital (identification required)v
  • Printed certificate – printed or digital (identification required)
  • International proof of vaccination (identification required)


Proof of vaccination exemptions

Visitors who have an exemption to receiving covid-19 vaccinations must provide evidence of their exemption. acceptable forms of evidence include:

  • Service WA app
  • COVID-19 digital certificate (shows medical exemption)
  • Your certificate stored in a smartphone’s wallet, along with an acceptable form of identification
  • A hardcopy of your certificate, along with an acceptable form of identification
  • A digital or hardcopy of your immunisation history statement, along with an acceptable form of identification.


Updated patient visiting times

All Public Hospital visiting times are as follows:

10am to 12pm (noon) and 5pm to 7pm seven days a week.

Maximum two (2) visitors per bedside (up to two (2) visitors per 24 hour period).


Definitions of a visitor

The definition of a visitor (as per the WA Health COVID-19 Public Hospital Visitor Guidelines) is:

  • Family member or friend of a patient
  • Essential visitor/carer (defined as Essential Visitor - EV), which includes: a nominated birthing support person, parent of an admitted child (including a neonate), carer for a patient living with a disability, an end-of-life support person, a family member or friend required to visit a patient in the case of an emergency and a designated guardian. Note that designated guardians must be the
  • same person each day. In circumstances where the designated person is unable to attend, an alternative person can be designated in agreement with staff.
  • Ad hoc visitor including an ad hoc volunteer, ad hoc tradesperson or delivery driver that provides services or goods on an ad hoc basis (no more than once per week).
  • In-reach service providers or contractors not employed or otherwise engaged by the care facility (e.g. pastoral care worker, a patient’s personal clergy person or solicitor). Note contractors such as maintenance, infrastructure or other suppliers employed or otherwise contracted by the care facility are not included in this category.
  • Visitors in quarantine that have a Modified Quarantine Direction to visit a health care facility.


*Mental Health Advocates are not considered visitors and have a statutory right to access mental health units under the Mental Health Act 2014. Other Statutory Personnel may also be required to undertake legal, safety, industrial relation and emergency functions and are not in in scope of these visitor guidelines.


Unvaccinated visitor exemption

This may include unvaccinated visitors undertaking short, controlled, ushered visits in emergency/end of life situations, and/or for appropriate maternity or parent/guardian access as outlined in the section below.

  • Unvaccinated exempt EVs must be met at the hospital entrance and escorted to the patient room
  • Unvaccinated exempt EVs must not visit other patients or common areas within the hospital such as cafeterias and are to be escorted off the premises at the end of their visit
  • Unvaccinated exempt EVs are to be instructed on donning PPE that may include a gown, surgical mask, protective eyewear


Masks are mandatory at all WA hospitals

Please also sign in with the QR code or manual register, and use hand sanitiser.

Let’s all keep safe.


King Edward Memorial Hospital (external site) is a tertiary maternity and gynaecological hospital that delivers first-class health care to women and infants in Western Australia.

KEMH joined other women’s-based health services in 2006 to form the Women and Newborn Health Service, which is a part of the larger North Metropolitan Health Service.

With dedicated staff providing contemporary evidence-based care, KEMH is the State's only tertiary maternity and gynaecological hospital. Having treated its first patients in 1916, today more than 6000 births take place at the hospital every year. KEMH is WA's only major referral centre for high-risk pregnancies and has a state-of-the-art Special Care Nursery designed to care for premature and sick infants.

KEMH also cares for approximately 5000 women with gynaecological conditions each year, ranging from urological and cancer related problems to sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive disorders.

Last Updated: 01/02/2022