Coming for an operation

Under the new guidelines from the WA Department of Health, children must undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for COVID-19 when they arrive to have an operation at PCH.

Pre-operative Rapid Antigen Testing

The RAT will be completed as part of the entry screening process at PCH. A test result will be returned in 15 to 20 minutes. Please make sure you allow for an additional 30 minutes to complete the test before your scheduled arrival time.

Please be aware that the essential visitor accompanying their child may also be required to complete a RAT on arrival.

Find out more about getting tested, including what happens when you get a RAT.

What to expect

Before your child's operation

You will receive a phone call from the pre-anaesthetic nurse four days before your child's operation or procedure.

They will:

  • Provide any updates about the hospital visitor screening process.
  • Give any other information required about the surgery or procedure.
  • One essential visitor (parent or guardian) is allowed to accompany and stay with their child during their stay.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled arrival time.
  • Find out more about parking and set down bays under travelling to PCH.

When you arrive

Please go to the Main Entrance for visitor screening.

Contact us

If your child is unwell or returns a positive result, contact our Pre-Anaesthetic Department


6456 3804