COVID-19 symptoms

In line with Department of Health advice, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should seek medical advice and get tested. 

The symptoms to watch out for are fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also be considered.

Please refer to the information below about testing clinic locations, attending Cabrini’s emergency department for COVID-19 treatment and care and pre-operative testing.

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an ambulance (inform them you may have symptoms of COVID-19).


COVID-19 testing

Cabrini is not operating a public COVID-19 testing clinic.

For a list of testing locations, please refer to the Department of Health website.


Pre-operative testing

In line with Department of Health advice, all elective surgery patients (including elective caesarean patients) must undergo pre-operative testing prior to their admission to hospital.

This is an important measure to further ensure patient safety during surgery, as undergoing surgery while infected with COVID-19 requires your care team to take additional precautions to meet your individual needs.

This process also further protects vulnerable people within healthcare settings, and reduces the spread of infection, during this time.

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

Patients will then need to source a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) to undertake one day prior to their surgery or undergo a PCR test at a local testing clinic three days prior to the surgery. After taking a test, patients must then self-isolate until they are admitted for their procedure.

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

Please note, Cabrini is no longer operating a dedicated pre-operative testing clinic.

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.


Attending Cabrini’s emergency department

Patients who present to Cabrini's emergency department will be tested for COVID-19. You will not have to isolate after testing, unless you have symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please phone Cabrini’s emergency department on (03) 9508 1500 before presenting in person at 183 Wattletree Road, Malvern.

We ask that you remain outside and follow the instructions of staff. The Cabrini emergency team will assess patients for risk of COVID-19, in line with Department of Health criteria and will take appropriate precautions to ensure your safety and that of our other patients and staff.

If you are attending Cabrini for your care, please ensure your treating team is made aware if you:

  • have any symptoms relating to COVID-19 (cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell, breathlessness, chills or sweats)
  • are a known close contact of a positive COVID-19 case
  • are awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test
  • have been to a COVID-19 exposure site and have not yet completed the directives regarding testing and quarantining

Patients should attend the emergency department alone if it is safe and practical for them to do so, but are able to bring one support person.

For more about our emergency department, please click here.

For further advice about symptoms or testing, please call the Department of Health's 24 hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.