Coronavirus: The Latest Advice and Information

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/

Updated 20/6/21 at 7:27 am.

COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic

A COVID-19 community vaccination clinic will be open on select days in June at the Bairnsdale City Football Oval, MacArthur Street, Bairnsdale.

The dates currently scheduled for the Bairnsdale community vaccination clinic are:

  • Monday 21 June, 9 am – 3:30 pm.
  • Tuesday 22 June, 9 am – 3:30 pm.
  • Wednesday 23 June, 9 am – 3:30 pm.

Additional days may be scheduled depending on demand. If and when additional dates are confirmed they will be posted here.

All locals currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination can get a Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine at the Bairnsdale City Oval clinic.

In line with recent changes by the Vic. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Pfizer will be provided to all eligible Victorians under the age of 60. However, if you have had your first dose of AstraZeneca you will receive AstraZeneca for your second dose regardless of your age.

You can now book your COVID vaccination appointment online. All the info you need about how to make a booking is at: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment

You are encouraged to make a booking to be vaccinated at the Bairnsdale community vaccination clinic, however walk-ins are welcome.

We are aware that, due to high call volume, people have experienced problems getting through to make a booking on the 1800 booking hotline, which is operated by the Victorian Dept. of Health and Human Services. If you have any problems making a booking, please just walk in.


COVID-19 Testing

For people with symptoms:

If you have any symptoms at all you must be tested at the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic.

Call 4116 2014 to make an appointment to be tested there. You can also book an appointment online here.

If you have symptoms and need to be tested at a time when the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic is closed, you can be tested at BRHS. Drive to our main hospital carpark at 122 Day St., Bairnsdale, and follow the signposted instructions.

If you are coming to BRHS for COVID test, fill out this pre-testing registration form before you arrive – it’ll save you and our nurses time. https://testtracker.covid19.dhhs.vic.gov.au/citizen-prefill

For people that have been in COVID exposure sites or that have been requested by DHHS to be tested:

NOTE: If you don’t have symptoms you can only be tested if you were at one of the listed exposures sites at the specific day and time listed.

Please take a close look at the list of exposure sites and confirm you qualify for a test.

You do not qualify for a test if you were at one of the exposure sites but not on the day and time listed.

  • If you were at a Tier 1 or Tier 2 site on the day and time listed, you can be tested at the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic.
    Call 4116 2014 to make an appointment to be tested there. You can also book an appointment online here.
  • If you were at a Tier 3 site on the day and time listed, you do not qualify for testing. Monitor for symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must be tested at the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic – see above for booking info.

Latest Victorian Exposure Sites

This DHHS webpage contains an updated list of all the COVID exposure sites in Victoria, and instructions on what to do if you were there at the time listed.


Current Visiting Regulations

  • You can only visit a patient in the hospital if your visit is for essential care or assistance purposes, or for end-of-life care purposes. Details about exceptions for visiting are here: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/visiting-hospitals-regional-victoria
  • Please consider a phone or video call for all other purposes. All patients have access to an iPad and staff can assist in arranging video calls.
  • If your visit is deemed essential, there is a limit of 2 essential visitors per patient per day, including children.
  • A patient attending the Emergency Dept. can have someone accompany them if it is necessary for them to do so.
  • A pregnant woman or patient in a maternity ward can have 2 support people visit or attend hospital with them.
  • All visitors must wear a mask at all times and obey 1.5 metre physical distancing rules.
  • No time limit on stay, as long as within visiting hours.
  • Room density limits are posted on each room and apply. Most rooms can only accommodate 1 or 2 visitors at a time.
  • Visitors in excess of room density limits must wait outside.
  • Exceptions for end of life care. Call and speak to the Nurse Unit Manager on the ward in which your loved one is staying.
  • Visiting hours unchanged.
    Mon – Fri: 11 am – 6 pm.
    Sat and Sun, and public holidays: 10 am – 2 pm.

To call BRHS Main Reception: 5150 3333.
To call Maddocks Garden: 5150 3659.


Need a COVID test? Here’s who you go to.

1. If you don’t have symptoms but have been directed by DHHS to get tested for any reason (e.g. contact tracing, industry testing, pre-surgery, exposure sites, returned traveller from an orange or red zone):

  • Bairnsdale Hospital Emergency Dept. Drive to the main hospital car park at 122 Day St., Bairnsdale.
  • DO NOT get out of your car to enter the hospital.
  • STAY IN YOUR CAR, call the mobile number on the sign at the car park entrance, and follow the instructions given you.

2. If you don’t have symptoms but you are having surgery and have a letter or message from your surgeon directing you to be tested:

  • Call the BRHS COVID mobile on 0417 021 250 to arrange a time for testing at BRHS.

3. If you have flu-like symptoms:

  • Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic. Make an appointment through their booking website or call 4116 2014.

4. If you have symptoms on a weekend and you cannot wait until Monday to be tested:

  • Bairnsdale Hospital Emergency Dept. Drive to the main hospital car park at 122 Day St., Bairnsdale.
  • DO NOT get out of your car to enter the hospital.
  • STAY IN YOUR CAR, call the mobile number on the sign at the car park entrance, and follow the instructions given you.

5. If you need testing for any other reason, such as airline travel:

  • You must contact a GP or pathology collection centre for testing. You cannot be tested at BRHS.

If you are urgently unwell, proceed to your nearest Emergency Dept. or call 000.

For all other enquiries about COVID-19, please call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/Coronavirus

For information about getting a COVID test, visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested


PARKING

Only people accessing these services may park behind the hospital and access other buildings directly:

  • Confirmed treatment appointments at Oncology, Dialysis or Consulting rooms
  • Surgery
  • Confirmed appointments with Home-Based Nursing, such as the Wound Clinic
  • Environmental Services, Kitchen deliveries or Meals on Wheels
  • Funeral services