In line with Department of Health advice, elective surgery is currently restricted to Category 1 and emergency surgery only.

From Monday 10 January, Cabrini will only undertake urgent elective surgery and Category 1 surgery, which includes urgent cancer screening and surveillance that cannot be postponed for 30 days.

Non-urgent elective surgery (including Category 2 and Category 3 admissions) and non-urgent medical admissions have been temporarily postponed.

Because of this, we are asking patients to contact their doctor’s rooms for clarification on any upcoming surgery. Cabrini staff will also be contacting impacted patients about changes to their upcoming surgery. If a pre-operative COVID test is required, Cabrini will contact patients directly and provide all necessary information.


Pre-operative testing

In line with Department of Health advice, Cabrini is undertaking pre-operative testing of all elective surgery patients (including elective caesarean patients). This is an important measure to further protect vulnerable people within healthcare settings during this time.

Elective surgery patients will be contacted by their treating team, and provided further information about this process, ahead of their surgery.

Patients should be tested one to two days prior to their surgery, to ensure sufficient time for their test results to be confirmed. Patients must then self-isolate until they are admitted for their procedure.

Patients are encouraged to undergo testing, via a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), at Cabrini's testing clinic located at 494 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick. The clinic is open 8am – 3.30pm.

It is a walk-in clinic and no bookings are required. 

Please download our pre-surgery testing and isolating document for more information.

We will continue reviewing our elective surgery processes, in line with Department of Health guidelines, and thank you for your ongoing support as we work through this together.


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