Coronavirus: The Latest Advice and Information

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Updated 2/8/21 at 12:41 pm.

COVID-19 Testing

If you require a COVID-19 test, please make an appointment to be tested at the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic, which is at 20 Forge Creek Rd, Bairnsdale.

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

If you require a test and cannot get an appointment at the Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic, you can get a test at BRHS between 9am and 5pm.

Drive to our main hospital Emergency Dept. at 122 Day Street, and follow the signposted instructions.

Please fill out this pre-testing registration form before you arrive – it’ll save you and our nurses time.

COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic

UPDATE: DHHS has announced the wait time between first and second Pfizer doses is now 6 weeks, not 4. This is to allow more Victorians to receive their first Pfizer dose in coming weeks. More info:

A COVID-19 community vaccination clinic is currently open on select days at the Bairnsdale City Football Oval, MacArthur Street, Bairnsdale.

Bookings are encouraged but walk-ins are accepted.

All the info you need about how to make a booking is at:

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

  • Monday 2 August, 9 am – 3 pm.
  • Tuesday 3 August, 9 am – 3 pm.
  • Wednesday 4 August, 9 am – 3 pm.

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

All eligible Victorians can get their Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine there.

Here’s the list of who is currently eligible to receive a COVID vaccine.

If you qualify because of your occupation or the occupation of a spouse or family member, you must provide proof of occupation to demonstrate your eligibility before you receive the vaccination. This can be an ID card or a letter from your employer.

Current Visiting Regulations

  • Essential Visitors Only (more information below)
  • Maximum of 2 visitors per patient, per day, for two hours.
  • Visiting hours:
    Mon – Fri: 11 am – 6 pm.
    Sat and Sun, and public holidays: 10 am – 2 pm.
  • Exceptions apply for end-of-life care and maternity patients. Please call BRHS Main Reception on 5150 3333 and ask to speak to the Nurse Unit Manager caring for your loved one.
  • A group may exceed the “two visitors at a time” rule if dependents of a visitor are in the group and care for the dependents cannot be arranged.
  • Non-essential contractors are restricted from entering hospitals.
  • A patient attending the Emergency Dept. can have someone accompany them if it is necessary for them to do so.
  • All visitors must wear a mask at all times and obey 1.5 metre physical distancing rules.
  • 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.

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

Essential Visitors Include:

  • Those providing essential care or support for the patient’s immediate physical or emotional wellbeing, including support for people living with mental health conditions or dementia.
  • Is the parent, carer or guardian of a person under the age of 18.
  • A nominated person (as defined in the Mental Health Act 2014), including for patients living with dementia.
  • An interpreter or to provide language support.
  • To learn to support the patient or resident’s care upon discharge.
  • As the partner or support person of a patient in maternity care, or pregnancy.
  • Accompanying a patient to an emergency department or outpatient patient appointment, if necessary.
  • Immediate family (including kinship) of a patient with life-threatening condition.
  • End of life support or immediate family member(s) (including kinship) of a patient or aged care resident whose medical condition is life threatening.