Coronavirus: The Latest Advice and Information

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Updated 20/1/21 at 12:01 pm.

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, exposure sites):

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

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, and follow the instructions on the sign at the carpark entrance.

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

  • You must contact a GP for testing.

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

For information about getting a COVID test, visit


  • Essential Visitors Only
  • Maximum two visitors per patient per day.
  • Maximum stay 1 hour per visitor.
  • Children older than 1 year count as a visitor.
  • Exemptions apply for patients under 18, patients in the ED, maternity patients, and patients in palliative care.
  • If you have any questions about visiting your loved one, call 5150 3333 and ask to speak with the ward on which they are staying.


If you have a friend or loved one in the hospital or at Maddocks Gardens, give them a ring. Or talk to them face to face via Skype, Facetime, Zoom or anyone of the many free video call apps.

All patients at BRHS and residents at Maddocks Gardens have access to an iPad for this very purpose.


Here’s the latest information about visiting residents of Maddocks Gardens aged care facility.


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