We continue to run our appointment-only Warrnambool Respiratory Assessment Clinic (RAC) for people who have, in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation, symptoms such as fever or chills OR acute respiratory infection such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or a runny nose.
Call 5563 1666 between 8am–4pm Monday to Sunday to speak with one of our RAC nurses.
No asymptomatic screening clinics are currently being provided.
As of August 17, all patients booked for surgery (other than emergency surgery) will be required to have tested negative to coronavirus beforehand. Following their testing they’ll be required to self-isolate until their surgery takes place. This self-isolation will, generally, be for no longer than five days. Our Elective Surgery Clinic will contact all future surgery patients to explain this process, which involves Dorevitch Pathology (located in our Warrnambool Base Hospital) running a surgery-specific asymptomatic screening clinic from 1.30 – 3.30 weekdays. No appointment is required but patients must bring with them a referral from their surgeon.
To ensure we keep our patients, residents, consumers and staff as safe as possible from the spread of COVID-19 the following applies:
Warrnambool Base Hospital: One visitor per patient for one hour between 3–6pm. Visitors will be screened as they enter the building and provided with a single-use mask to be worn while onsite. Visitors cannot be under 16 years old.
Emergency Department: One support person for one hour.
Paediatrics Unit: One parent/guardian per child for an outpatient consultation or emergency department presentation. One parent/guardian per child during an inpatient admission. One parent/guardian can stay with their child overnight.
Midwifery Unit/Maternity Care Services: A partner/support person can stay with you during your birth and after your baby is born, for as long as you wish while you’re in the birthing room (there is no limit on how long this person can stay in the hours immediately following your birth). On the days after your baby is born, this person is limited to one two-hour visit per day. Pregnancy care appointments: Your partner/support person cannot come with you to routine pregnancy care appointments but s/he can be with you during a telehealth appointment, if you would like them to be. Ultrasound scans and other tests: Your partner/support person cannot come with you to routine ultrasound scans or other routine tests.
Warrnambool Mental Health Services Acute Inpatient Unit: The same restrictions as those at our Warrnambool Base Hospital (please see above).
Palliative Care Unit: Maximum two visitors per patient at any one time.
Camperdown Hospital: The same restrictions as those at our Warrnambool Base Hospital (please see above).
Merindah Lodge: Only one visitor (must be a primary contact) for one hour between 2–4 pm. By appointment only. Please call 5593 7366 to arrange. Visitors will be screened as they enter Merindah Lodge and will be provided with a single-use mask to be worn while onsite. Visitors cannot be under 16 years of age. Additional restrictions may also apply.
Retail Shop: Open to the public 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday. Please note you will need to allow time to be screened at the entrance of our Warrnambool Base Hospital to visit in person. Phone orders are also most welcome and we can organise a non-contact ramp handover. To arrange this please call 5564 4105.
This support line offers non-judgmental listening services to local people in our Corangamite, Moyne, Southern Grampians, Glenelg and Warrnambool communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It's for anyone seeking guidance and support in accessing counselling or wellbeing support, for people experiencing emotional distress, and for people seeking basic information about how to access local support services and/or telephone and online support services to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
This support line will enable community members to access support from a qualified SWH professional, enhancing the community wellbeing guidance available on SWH’s website at www.southwesthealthcare.com.au
Call 1800 965 144 between 1–5pm Monday to Friday.
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