Alfred Health has extensive processes in place to safely assess and manage any patients with viral infections, including novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Alfred COVID-19 Screening Clinic is open seven days a week from 8am - 6pm.
The clinic is located at The Alfred, 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne. The entry is to the left of the main hospital entrace, via the footpath from Commercial Road. Follow the blue signs when you arrive. Staff will direct you when you arrive. Please do not go to the Emergency Department if you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19.
What to do if you think you have come into contact with coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you think you have come into contact with COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), and require testing, call The Alfred on 9076 2000 before presenting to the COVID-19 Screening Clinic.
If you are asked to attend, come directly to the screening clinic, which is located at The Alfred, 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne. Please follow the signs when you arrive as entry is separate to the main hospital entrance. Staff will be around to direct you when you arrive. Wear a mask if you have one available.
Please note that we are currently only testing people who:
- Have returned from overseas in the past 14 days and have symptoms such as a fever, cough, or sore throat; or
- Have been in contact with a person with a known case of COVID-19 and have symptoms such as a fever, cough, or sore throat. or
- Are healthcare workers with direct patient contact; residential care workers or aged care residents with a fever or an acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat)
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in humans. Some examples of coronavirus include common cold viruses, SARS and MERS.
COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus that can cause people to develop respiratory illness. Symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing.
Ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus
- Wash hands often, particularly before eating, smoking and after using public amenities. Use 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.
- Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
- Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
- Get the flu shot (available April).
- Get used to physical distancing. Visit DHHS for more hints and tips to slow the spread.
Do you feel unwell?
The Victorian Government recommends that people who have travelled overseas and become unwell to seek medical advice and be tested for coronavirus.
If you have travelled and begin to feel unwell - develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness - call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
For the most up-to-date information on travel restrictions visit Smart Traveller.
Who is at risk?
This virus appears to affect older people, particularly those with chronic illness. Children appear to be less affected, reports infectious diseases expert Professor Allen Cheng in The Conversation.
In line with our standard infectious diseases procedure, any persons with viral respiratory infections are isolated. Patients and visitors can attend The Alfred, Caulfield and Sandringham Hospitals as normal.
More information on COVID-19 can be found on the Victorian Government’s health website.