In line with Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice, elective surgery restrictions have now started to lift across the state and we want to remind our community not to put your health on hold.

Cabrini is open and we have thorough screening processes in place for all patients, staff and visitors.

Equipped with the latest in healthcare technology, Cabrini continues to offer compassionate, expert care.

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You will need a referral from your general practitioner to book an appointment with a Cabrini specialist.

Cabrini staff will contact impacted patients about any changes to their upcoming surgery. For more information about pre-operative COVID-19 testing, please see the information below.

Cabrini will continue to monitor the situation and make changes to our activity and processes, in line with DHHS guidelines.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


Pre-operative COVID-19 testing for Cabrini patients

As per the guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services, all patients undergoing surgery or a procedure need to be tested for COVID-19, and have a result prior to their admission to hospital. Your care team will speak to you further about what this means for your surgery.

In line with DHHS advice, Cabrini is undertaking pre-surgery testing for patients. Further information about the process can be found below.


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 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. Please email your results to covidscreening@cabrini.com.au.

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 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 patients at the time of their testing.


Isolating after testing

After undergoing testing, patients are required to self-isolate until their surgery. Isolating before surgery involves the following for patients/cares:

• You must remain at your place of residence/home, and only leave to seek medical help or in an
emergency.
• DO NOT go to work, school or public areas and DO NOT use public transport, taxis or Uber.
• DO NOT allow other people into your place of residence if they do not live there.
• Avoid sharing household items. Please DO NOT share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, utensils,
towels, bedding or other items with any people in your home. After using these items, you
should wash them thoroughly with hot water and detergent.
• Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can
use alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available and your hands are not visibly
dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Keep a distance of 1.5 m from others in your home.
  • It is important that you remain at your place of residence/home, and only leave to seek medicalhelp or if absolutely necessary.
  • We ask that you do not go to work, school or public areas and DO NOT use public transport, taxis or Uber.
  • Please do not allow other people into your place of residence if they do not live there.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can usealcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water is not available and your hands are not visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Members of your household MUST adhere to current DHHS restriction levels.

If you, or anyone in your household, develop any symptoms (cough, sore throat or shortness of breath) after your test, please inform your treating doctor.

If you have visited any identified case and/or outbreak locations since being tested, please notify Cabrini's COVID-19 screening clinic (03) 9508 1312. A list of case and outbreak locations can be viewed on the DHHS' case locations and outbreaks page.

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

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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.