Coronavirus: The Latest Advice and Information

UPDATED: 24/07/20 @ 01500



Per direction from the Dept. of Health and Human Services on 27 July, visiting is now further restricted at BRHS and Maddocks Gardens to 1 visitor, per patient per day, for a maximum of 1 hour.

Visiting will only be permitted when essential, and where care and support cannot be delivered via electronic or other non-contact means.

Exceptions will be made for people visiting for end of life purposes, for patients under the age of 18, or when a partner or support person is visiting the maternity ward.

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.


Per direction from Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services on July 9, anyone entering a public hospital in Victoria may be asked to wear a mask to combat the transmission of COVID-19.

Wearing a face mask provides an additional physical barrier and helps to reduce community transmission.

At BRHS, the health of our community, patients, visitors and staff is our biggest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You may ask you to wear a mask depending on where you are visiting and the ability to maintain physical distancing.

This includes anyone visiting the main hospital, Maddocks Gardens aged care facility, and our Ross Street and CBD campuses.

We thank you for the important role you are playing in fighting COVID-19 by doing the right thing when you visit the hospital.

If you need to visit the hospital, here’s the key points to remember:

  • If you have your own cloth mask, please bring it. That will help us conserve supplies of single use masks.
  • Visitors over 18 will be provided with a single use mask when they enter the hospital, if they do not have their own cloth mask.
  • For those who cannot wear a mask, a face shield will be provided.
  • If requested, visitors must wear the mask or shield throughout the visit until they exit the hospital.
  • Visitors under 18 will not be required to wear a mask. However, parents and guardians should think carefully about bringing a child to the hospital as a visitor during this time, as it is unlikely a child would be considered an essential visitor, per existing rules about visiting. Exceptions can be made for children visiting palliative patients.
  • Single use masks must be discarded upon leaving the hospital.

The hardworking and friendly BRHS staff manning the screening station at the hospital did not create this new rule, but they do have the important responsibility of enforcing it.

So please work with them.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation and support.

For more information about wearing face masks visit


If you have mild or moderate respiratory symptoms you must get tested at the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic.

You must make an appointment to be tested there by phoning 4116 2014.

The Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic is open Monday to Friday.

If someone is feeling unwell with respiratory symptoms on a weekend, and cannot wait until Monday to be tested, they can come to BRHS for testing and treatment.

As always, in the case of an emergency or if you are urgently unwell, present to your nearest hospital or dial 000.

If you are asymptomatic, which means you don’t have any symptoms, you cannot currently be tested at BRHS, with these 2 exceptions only:

  1. You are a close contact of a confirmed case and need to be tested for contact tracing
  2. You are having surgery and are required to be tested before the surgery

Only these people can receive asymptomatic testing at BRHS.

If you need asymptomatic testing for any other reason, such as airline travel, you must contact a GP for testing.

BRHS has opened a testing location at the rear of the hospital for asymptomatic testing of people in the above 2 categories only.

It is open Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

You must enter via the McKean St entrance at the back of the hospital, and follow the signposted instructions.

As always, if you are urgently unwell you should present to your nearest hospital Emergency Dept.

For all other enquiries about COVID-19, please call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit


WEEKDAYS: 2 – 6 P.M.
WEEKENDS: 10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Your best source of accurate and up-to-date information about Coronavirus in Victoria is the Dept. of Health and Human Services Coronavirus webpage:

We’ll relay you pertinent information from DHHS as it becomes available.


  • All visitors over 18 must wear a mask.
  • Max. 1 visitor per patient per day, for 1 hour.
  • Essential visitors only.
  • COVID-19 testing now being done at new BMG respiratory clinic.
  • Almost all non-staff must use hospital main entrance.


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


To allow adequate time for staff to perform necessary cleaning, Dorevitch Pathology Services at BRHS will close at 3 p.m. on weekdays, with the last patient being accepted at approximately 2:50 p.m.

Call Dorevitch Pathology Services on (03) 5150 3475 to check opening hours and for all questions.