The latest information on COVID testing, vaccination, and changes to regulations at BRHS.
Our COVID testing and vaccination clinic is at the Lucknow Memorial Hall, 105 Great Alpine Rd, Lucknow.
COVID testing is by appointment.
You can make an appointment for COVID vaccination or you can walk-in.
Make an appointment for COVID testing.
Make an appointment for COVID vaccination (search for site Lucknow Hall.)
If you test positive with a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) it’s no longer necessary to confirm that result with a PCR test.
Positive RAT tests are now considered official by the government.
If you test positive you must report your result by phoning the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398, or completing this online form.
For most people who test positive for COVID-19, recovery at home is the best care option.
Here’s the info you need on what to do if you test positive, or if you’ve been told you are a contact: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist
Gippsland Lakes Complete Health
Gippsland Lakes Complete Health provides COVID testing on select days, dependent on demand.
Testing is by appointment only.
For more information and to make an appointment call 5155 8300.
Before presenting for your test, please fill out this registration form – it will save you and the nurses time.
Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic
COVID testing is available by appointment at the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic – call 4116 2014 or book online here.
During periods of high demand the Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd (GEGAC) is providing COVID testing for members of the local Koori community. Call GEGAC on 5150 0700 for more information.
BRHS COVID-19 testing is available at the Lucknow Memorial Hall, 105 Great Alpine Road, Lucknow, during the hours listed below.
Please check this page regularly as testing times may change.
Our COVID-19 community vaccination clinic is at Lucknow Memorial Hall, 105 Great Alpine Rd, Lucknow.
Booking: online booking system or call 1800 675 398. Look for site Bairnsdale Lucknow Hall (not Bairnsdale City Oval.)
If you are unable to make an appointment for vaccination, walk-ins are welcome, however we try to take those with a booking at their appointment times.
Please check this website frequently for updates as these times may change.
Minors aged 17 or under must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
Information and official direction regarding COVID vaccines, including who is eligible, wait times between doses, and how to book an appointment, is kept updated at: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/vaccine
Residents of aged care facilities can now have up to 5 visitors per day.
Visitors must be fully vaccinated or return a negative result from a rapid antigen test taken at Maddocks Gardens.
For more information about visiting aged care facilities in Victoria please read the latest guidelines from the Dept. of Health.
Inpatients can now have 2 visitors before noon and 2 visitors after noon for the duration of their stay.
Children of any age count toward the 2 visitor limit, with the exception of maternity and end-of-life care visits.
Visiting hours are between 9am and 7pm.
Visitors must meet certain criteria, including being free of symptoms, and not a close contact.
If unvaccinated, visitors will require approval from BRHS’ Patient Services Coordinator, must wear a BRHS-supplied N95 mask for the duration of their visit and may be required to test negative via RAT before visiting.
Exceptions and extended visits will apply for maternity patients, and exceptional circumstances such as end-of-life care.
In maternity, in addition to the 2 visitors, the children of the birthing mother can also visit.
Family and friends of BRHS patients are urged to coordinate visits to the hospital to avoid crowding or exceeding daily visiting limits.
Visitors aged 5 and under will only be permitted to visit a patient for end of life care, or if they are the child of a patient in maternity.
They will be asked to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to entry, and entry will be refused if not willing to be tested, or if test is positive.
Masks are not required for children under 5.
Children aged 5 – 11 can visit all wards, and will be asked to show vaccination evidence and wear a surgical mask to visit the health service.
If the child 5 – 11 is unvaccinated they will need to take a RAT before entry.
Children 12 and over can visit all wards, and will be required to wear an N95 mask if attending the Emergency Department (as will all adults in ED), or if visiting another ward when unvaccinated.
If you would like to enquire about exceptions, call Main Reception on 5150 3333 and ask to speak to the ward on which your family-member is staying.
To call BRHS Main Reception: 5150 3333.To call Maddocks Garden: 5150 3659.
Testing before your surgery
Pre-surgery COVID testing is currently performed for all patients requiring admission to Surgical Services at BRHS.
Ideally, pre-surgery testing is carried out as close as is practicable to your surgery or procedure date, usually the day before.
If you are scheduled to have a surgical procedure at BRHS, including colonoscopy and gastroscopy, our staff will contact you by phone to discuss the appropriate time and location for pre-surgery rapid antigen testing.
Please note this information is changing frequently, it is important to check this website regularly for updates.
Please call our Surgical Services reception on 5150 3308 with your pre-surgery COVID-19 testing enquiries.
If you have had COVID-19
If you have had COVID-19 at any time in the last 3 months, or if you still experience health problems as a result of having COVID-19 in recent years, please call our Elective Surgery Booking office on 5150 3662 and ask to speak to a nurse.
To keep you safe and to reduce the likelihood of complications from surgery and anaesthesia, we are carefully following recommended clinical guidelines.
Our elective surgery nursing team will be able to advise you of the next steps.
Information about coronavirus and general health information for people who have difficulty reading, people that are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment, people with a disability, and non-English speaking people, can be found at brhs.com.au/coronavirus-accessible/
Main Reception, Day Street Campus (Hospital)
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (BRHS) provides a comprehensive array of health care services to the East Gippsland community.