COVID-19 self-testing before coming to hospital

Patients attending the hospital for a clinic appointment or booked admission, plus all visitors attending high risk areas or areas with vulnerable patients, are required to perform a nasal rapid antigen test (RAT) at home before attending the hospital.

These speciality areas or clinics include:

  • advanced heart and lung clinics
  • burns
  • cancer centres
  • haematology
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • coronary care units
  • ehocardiography (outpatient stress test patients only)
  • intensive care units
  • IV infusion centres
  • infectious diseases ambulatory clinics (IDAC)
  • labour and birth suites
  • maternal foetal assessment units (MAFU)
  • neonatal intensive care units
  • oncology
  • paediatric intensive care units
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • renal dialysis unit/wards
  • tracheostomy (acute inpatients)
  • transplant patients.

On the day of your in-person appointment, admission or visit

Call us if any of the following apply

Please call the hospital if you:

  • had COVID-19 within the last 4 weeks
  • tested positive for COVID-19 between your booking date and appointment or admission date
  • are unwell with any of the following symptoms – fever, dry cough, shortness of breath,
  • have fatigue, loss of taste and/or smell, diarrhoea, headache, sore/scratchy throat, muscle aches, runny nose, chills/night sweats, vomiting
  • have been told to isolate by WA Health.

If the above do not apply

Please perform your RAT test. See step-by-step instructions (external site).

If it is difficult for you to do the nasal RAT yourself

Hospital staff at an on-site RAT service can do the test for you if you are unable to self-test.

Please notify staff on arrival if you require this service and arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment or admission time.

RAT results are only valid for one calendar day. If your appointment or admission is moved to another day you will need to do another nasal RAT on that day.

Once you have your RAT result

If you return a negative RAT

Take a photo of your RAT result on your phone to show as evidence when you attend the hospital. If you do not have a phone that can take pictures, you must attend the hospital to receive your RAT – do not bring your RAT to the hospital.

If your RAT is negative and you have symptoms

Do not attend hospital. Phone the hospital for advice.

You must register your positive RAT result at (external link).

If you return a positive RAT

Do not attend hospital. Phone the hospital for advice.

You must register your positive RAT result at (external link).

Contact us

Phone the Helpdesk on 6152 2222.