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

To support the Department of Health’s COVID-19 response, Cabrini is operating a temporary, walk-in COVID-19 testing clinic at our Glen Huntly Road site. No bookings are required.

This testing clinic is available to Cabrini patients and members of the community.

Glen Huntly Road testing clinic hours: 8am – 3.30pm


Getting your test results

After you are tested, you must follow Department of Health guidelines. For more information about being tested, and receiving your results, please refer to the Department of Health webpage.

Test results may take up to four days, as there is currently an increased demand on the system.

If you have not received your results after this time, please call the Department of Health’s Coronavirus Test Results Hotline on 1800 573 222. This hotline operates Mondays to Fridays between 8am and 6pm.

Cabrini will contact patients who undergo pre-operative testing, via text, prior to their surgery.


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 need to be tested a minimum of 72 hours prior to their surgery. It is recommended patients are tested between three to five 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 need to be tested a minimum of 72 hours prior to their surgery. It is recommended patients are tested between three to five 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 can undergo testing at Cabrini’s Glen Huntly Road testing clinic. This is a walk-in clinic and no bookings are required.

Please visit our elective surgery page for more information.


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 any Department of Health declared public exposure sites, or you have returned from a red or orange zone under Victoria's travel permit system, and have not yet completed the directives regarding testing and quarantining

In line with our current visitor restrictions, patients should attend the emergency department alone if it is safe and practical for them to do so. A support person may attend under exceptional circumstances.

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.