In line with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice, Cabrini has postponed all non-urgent surgery. This has been an important precaution in the state-wide response to COVID-19. 

As of 16 July, all category three elective surgeries (procedures that are clinically indicated within 365 days) in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire were paused to ensure increased spare beds and workforce capacity. This is to help prepare the state's health system to protect Victorians from COVID-19.

Cabrini is continuing to monitor and make changes to our activity levels, in line with DHHS advice.

Cabrini staff will contact impacted patients about any changes to their upcoming surgery.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work through this together.

Pre-operative COVID-19 testing for Cabrini patients

In line with DHHS advice, all Cabrini patients need to be tested for COVID-19 prior to elective surgery.

From Wednesday 15 July, COVID-19 testing for Cabrini elective surgery patients will be undertaken at Cabrini via a drive-through clinic at Cabrini Malvern.

Below you will find further information for elective surgery patients about attending the testing clinic, receiving test results and isolating between your COVID-19 test and elective surgery.

Pre-operative testing clinic

The clinic is located in the Cabrini Malvern car park, on the corner of Wattletree Road and Coonil Crescent (opposite the hospital’s main entrance at 183 Wattletree Road) and is open from 7am – 6pm daily. There is no charge for pre-operative COVID-19 testing.

The Cabrini COVID-19 pre-operative testing clinic can be contacted on (03) 9508 1312.

Please note, this testing clinic is for Cabrini elective surgery patients and staff only and is not open to members of the public.

If you have your pre-surgery test elsewhere, you will need proof of your result prior to your surgery at Cabrini. For a list of COVID-19 testing locations, click here.

Receiving your test results

Patients will be notified of their test results from Melbourne Pathology via text. Cabrini also receives this, so there is no need to inform us of your results. If you have your pre-surgery test elsewhere, you will need proof of your result prior to your surgery at Cabrini.

If a patient’s test is COVID-19 positive, Cabrini staff will notify them and work through next steps, including rescheduling of surgery, if it’s appropriate to do so. More information about these processes will be provided to elective surgery patients at the time of their testing.

Isolating after testing

 After testing, it is advisable to stay isolated from others by having no visitors to your home, other than household members, until you go for your surgery or procedure. This will reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 after testing. The DHHS advises that if you're in isolation or quarantine at home:

  • You should stay in a different room to other people as much as possible. Sleep in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom if available.
  • You must not allow other people into the home if they don't live there, unless they are there to provide medical, personal care or household assistance.
  • Ensure you stay at least 1.5 metres from others in the home.
  • You are permitted to leave your property to exercise however you must keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and any other people you encounter.
  • You are permitted to leave your property to seek medical help or in an emergency.

While isolating, you should continue adhering to standard infection control measures and follow DHHS advice for staying safe.

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms after you have been tested and before your day of surgery, you should seek medical advice and get tested. Symptoms to watch out for are: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sort throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell or taste.

Download our information flyer below with more details about isolating before your surgery.


For more information about quarantine and isolation, please visit the dedicated DHHS website.

Family, friends and people who live together

People you have been in contact with, including family and anyone you live with, do not need to isolate or go undergo testing for COVID-19, unless they have symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose or sore throat), however, you should minimise contact with other people.

DHHS advice for looking after your wellbeing during isolation

  • Talk to the other members of the family about the infection. Understanding novel coronavirus will reduce anxiety.
  • Reassure young children using age-appropriate language.
  • Think about how you have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassure yourself that you will cope with this situation too. Remember that self-isolation won’t last for long.
  • Exercise regularly. Options could include exercise DVDs, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment, such as a stationary bicycle, if you have it. Exercise is a proven treatment for stress and depression.
  • Keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media.
  • Keep up a normal daily routine as much as possible.
  • Arrange with your employer to work from home, if possible.
  • Ask your child’s school to supply assignments, work sheets and homework by post or email, or if the student can join the class using online options.
  • Don’t rely too heavily on the television and technology. Treat self-isolation as an opportunity to do some of those things you never usually have time for, such as board games, craft, drawing and reading.
  • If you are struggling to cope you call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.

Support and assistance while isolating

If you need personal or household assistance or support while in quarantine or isolation, a service provider, carer, family member or friend can visit your home and provide you with assistance.

The DHHS advises that you can also contact your local council for support to accessing services that meet your needs. Visit Know Your Council website to find your council. If you don’t have nearby support to help you, please call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 675 398.

Read more about Cabrini’s surgical services, procedures and surgical team here.

For further COVID-19 information, please navigate the menu on the left (or top if on mobile), or visit the DHHS website.