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).


Pre-operative testing

Patients who require pre-operative testing will be contacted by Cabrini with further information about this process.

Please note, there is not a public testing clinic at Cabrini. For a list of COVID-19 testing locations, please click here.


Attending Cabrini’s emergency department

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

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.