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​This information has been published on 2 April 2021. This information will be regularly updated to ensure our community is receiving the most up-to-date advice.


COVID Testing Clinics (formally Assessment clinic)

Western Health operates a number of COVID Testing Clinics where testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus) is provided.

Sunshine COVID Testing Clinic (formally Respiratory Assessment Clinic)
Western Health has a COVID Testing Clinic at Sunshine Hospital.
Adults and children aged over 3 can be tested in the Sunshine COVID Testing Clinic. Younger children may also be tested at Sunshine Hospital in the Emergency Department.

Hours of operation:
10am to 5.30pm (including Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday)
CLOSED Easter Monday

Sunbury COVID Testing Clinic (formally Respiratory Assessment Clinic)
Western Health has a COVID Testing Clinic located at 29 Timmins Street, Sunbury.
Adults and children aged over 3 can be tested in the COVID Testing Clinic.

Hours of operation:
10am to 5.30pm (including Easter Monday)
CLOSED Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday

Please note that there is no doctor present at the Sunbury COVID Testing Clinic. If you are unwell and need to see a doctor please contact your usual healthcare provider or call 000 if you are experiencing an emergency.

Melbourne Showgrounds Drive Through and Walk Up COVID Testing Clinic (formally Respiratory Assessment Clinic)
Western Health is operating a drive through and walk in COVID Testing Clinic at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Adults and children aged over 5 can be tested at the Showgrounds COVID Testing Clinic.

The drive through clinic is accessible via Gate 4 off Lang's Road, Ascot Vale.
Access to the walk in clinic is via Gate 1 off Epsom Road, Ascot Vale.

Hours of operation:
Open from 9.30am - 4:30pm


Laverton CoHealth 
Address 95-105 Railway Pde Laverton

Additional information – Entry to the clinic is via the rear of the building. Clients will be asked to park in the car park and remain in their car until approached by the triage nurse and directed into the clinic.

Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

For bookings: Call 9448 5534 or online at


Please note, testing criteria will be strictly applied at all sites, without exception.

Please look at the Department of Health and Human Services site for other clinics in Victoria:

Information for patient visitors

Due to physical distancing requirements, visitor restrictions remain in place at Western Health.

Patients on designated COVID wards and patients with confirmed COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 are only permitted visitors if an exemption is granted.

Guidelines for entry to all Western Health sites (except Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s)

Patient / Area

​Visitation Guidance

​Time Restrictions

Ward Patients (except JKWC)

Two people per patient per day


Between 12pm and 8pm 

ED patient < 18 years

Two parents or guardians or temporary carers per patient


ED patient > 18 years

 One support person per patient


Outpatients, Pathology and Medical Imaging

One person per patient only where physical distancing permits  

Medical Imaging patients are advised to attend their appointment alone due to limited space in waiting rooms. Exemptions can be granted as outlined below.

Where physical distancing is not possible, exemptions may be made if the patient is < 18 years or the patient is > 18 years and requires support



One person who is picking up a patient following a procedure

Visitors should not wait within WH premises during the procedure.

​Pick-up and Drop-off only


Key considerations:

  • The ability to maintain physical distancing guidance is a priority. To ensure physical distancing is maintained it is recommend that visiting times are co-ordinated.

  • Families, friends, carers should be encouraged to co-ordinate their visits to avoid a situation where the visitor limit is exceeded. If this occurs they may be unable to see their family member or friend in the health service.

  • Visitors presenting with a COVID-19 diagnosis or symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to visit.

  • Visitors who are under investigation for COVID-19, who are a close contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19, or who may be part of a suspected cluster or outbreak are not permitted to visit.


Rules of entry to Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital

In addition to the visitation guidance outlined below, children may only attend appointments or visit in clinic areas when an exemption has been pre-arranged.

Patient / Area

​Visitation Guidance

​Time Restrictions

Ground Floor Paediatric Clinic

One parent or carer/support person  


Level 1 Women's Clinic

Women to attend appointment alone

Level 2 Operating Theatre

One support person per woman or child admitted for surgery


Level 3 Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC)       

MAC 1 – One support person per woman admitted for pregnancy assessment or induction of labour

MAC 2 - W



Level 3 Birthing

Two support people per woman


Level 5 Newborn Services

Level 6 Children's Ward

​​Two people per child per day

Level 7 Women's Ward

Two people per woman per day

*** One support person per woman is permitted for an unlimited time between 8am and 8pm 


Between 12pm and 8pm

Level 8 Women's Ward

Two people per woman per day

*** One support person per woman is permitted for an unlimited time between 8am and 8pm 


 Between 12pm and 8pm


Western Health has prepared single entrances for visitors to enter the hospital. On entry, visitors will be screened for COVID-19 and their details will be entered into a visitor register. Each visitor will be provided with a colour coded wrist band (where colour denotes the day of the week) indicating they have been screened and registered.

Visitors are prohibited from entering Western Health if they: 

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19; or

  • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results; or 

  • Have returned to Australia from overseas in the last 14 days; or 

  • Have been released from hotel quarantine in the last 14 days; or

  • Have returned to Victoria from a DHHS designated red zone or orange zone within the last 14 days; or

  • Have been identified as a primary close contact1 or secondary close contact2 of someone who has COVID-19 within the last 14 days; or

  • Have visited a DHHS listed case exposure or outbreak site3 within the last 14 days; or

  • Have worked in or volunteered at a hotel quarantine site and/ or other port of entry in the last 14 days; or

  • Has a temperature higher than 37.5°C OR chills; or 

  • Has symptoms of a cold or a cough such as:

    • breathing difficulties such as breathlessness 

    • cough 

    • sore throat 

    • runny nose

    • fatigue or tiredness

    • loss of taste or smell

1 Primary close contact is someone who has had face-to-face contact (for more than 15 minutes) or spent time in a closed space (for more than two hours) with someone who has COVID-19 while they were infectious OR someone who has been in an outbreak or other setting where there is a higher risk of transmission of COVID-19

2Secondary close contact means someone who has had face-to-face contact with a primary close contact as least 24 hours after them being exposed to COVID-19

3DHHS listed case exposure or outbreak sites are listed here


For those allowed to visit a patient, the following guidelines must be followed :


  • Visitor name, contact details, time of arrival and the patient they are visiting will be recorded by Security upon entry  

  • Visitors must stay in the patient’s room at all times and limit movement around the building. They can make quick trips to the bathroom or to purchase food.
    Visitors should minimise the consumption of food/drinks during their visit.

  • Visitors over 12 years will be provided with a single use mask when entering the hospital if they do not have their own surgical mask. For those who cannot wear a mask, a face shield will be provided. Visitors should wear the mask or shield throughout the visit until they exit the hospital

  • Visitors must maintain social distancing requirements. There should be no physical contact, keeping a distance of at least 1.5 meters or two arm’s length between themselves and the patient, as well as staff

  • Visitors should limit the number of personal items that they bring into the hospital when they visit. This will reduce the number of unwanted germs they bring into the hospital and take back home with them

  • When the visit is over, visitors should leave the hospital and avoid spending time in public areas, including waiting areas, cafeterias and vending areas. Visitors should leave through their point of entry and report to security so the time of departure can be noted. Single use masks should be discarded upon leaving the hospital in the bins provided

  • Visitors should wash their hands with soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser after using the lifts, holding railings and every time they enter or exit a patient room

  • Visitors should use a tissue and cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze in to their elbow


Advice following your visit to a COVID-19 ward

We recommend that you follow the instructions below to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 after your visit to the hospital.

  1. Please go straight home after visiting the hospital and do not visit any homes or shops on the way.

  2. Wash your clothes in hot water and laundry detergent. If machine washing is not possible, soak your clothes in hot water and detergent. Avoid splashing by wearing rubber gloves and using a stick to stir.

  3. Wash your hands, wrists and forearms with soap and water after handling your clothes.

  4. Try to dry your clothes in a clothes dryer or hang them out to dry in full sunlight.

  5. If you start feeling unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms, please get tested for COVID-19 at your local testing centre.


Testing criteria

Strict criteria apply for those who are tested.

If you are unsure of whether you should get tested for COVID-19, please contact the Department of Health and Human Services hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. 


What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness in animals or humans. These coronaviruses include the common cold and more severe diseases like the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

COVID-19 is a new form of coronavirus, which causes respiratory symptoms, similar to the flu.

Most people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have only experienced a mild illness and recovered, however the illness can be more severe for others, including vulnerable populations such as the elderly.

The risk of contracting COVID-19 can be reduced through proper hand hygiene, wearing a face covering, respiratory etiquette and social distancing.


How do I reduce my risk of contracting COVID-19?

Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette are two terms that you may have heard of when you have heard about how to reduce your risk of COVID-19. This refers to washing your hands properly and often, and using proper sneezing and coughing practices (covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or coughing or sneezing into your upper sleeve and elbow).

Here are 10 ways you can reduce your risk of getting COVID-19:

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.

  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.

  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.

  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.

  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.

  • As per direction of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave your home, unless an exception applies.

  • Get the flu shot (available April).

Watch this video from the World Health Organization on how you can protect yourself and others from the coronavirus:


I have been told to self-isolate for 14 days. Should I attend the Hospital?

No, you should not attend the hospital.

You can read more about COVID-19 isolation on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

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