Ask Yourself: Are You The 1 Essential Visitor?


Per direction from the Dept. of Health and Human Services, 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 specific care and support purposes, including end of life support (which remains at 2 people),
  • for a parent or guardian of patients under the age of 18,
  • a partner or support person in maternity, or
  • language support or dementia care and support.

We fully understand and appreciate what this means for our patients and the community.

However, these new regulations protect our patients, their families, and their community from the spread of COVID-19.

We have seen in recent days that regional Victoria is by no means immune to the transmission and outbreak of this deadly disease.

We continue to work very hard every day and remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19.

And we need you to do your part.

If you have a friend or loved one in the hospital, 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 have access to an iPad, which we keep on the wards for this very purpose.

You can stay in touch with those you love.

But unless you are performing an essential service you cannot visit them at the hospital.

For more information about what BRHS is doing to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19, visit