All patients coming for surgery (or any procedure requiring a general anaesthetic) are required undergo a COVID-19 test in the five days before their procedure.
Getting a COVID test ahead of your surgery
At some time within 5 days before your surgery, you MUST get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), isolate in your home until your day of admission and return a negative result.
We recommend that you have your COVID-19 test through these designated pre-operative asymptomatic testing sites.
Alternatively, you can be COVID tested at any testing site convenient to you, however a drive-through site is encouraged.
Even after you are tested, please contact your surgical liaison nurse if you fall into any of the following categories prior to your surgery:
- Develop any clinical compatible symptoms with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste
- Are a person in quarantine for any reason (including; being a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and/or a returned traveller from overseas, and/or a relevant interstate area with outbreaks as defined by public health, in the last 14 days)
- Are a primary or secondary close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and/or an exposure site as defined by public health
- Have lived in or visited a geographically localised area at higher risk, as determined by public health
If you return a positive result, contact your surgical liaison nurse by phone – do not attend Peter Mac in person. We may need to change plans for surgery to support your recovery from the virus.
If you return a negative result, you can expect that the day prior to your surgery, a pre-operative nurse will call you and ask COVID-19 surgical screening questions to ensure you remain well. You will also be asked to confirm you have received a negative COVID-19 test result.
Remember, your COVID test result should be dated no more than 5 days before your surgery date.
In the unlikely event that your surgery or procedure or is delayed, you may need to get tested for COVID-19 again.
On arrival in our building
All visitors to Peter Mac are asked screening questions and have their temperature checked upon entering the building.
A new mask is available for you at the entrance and you are asked to wear a mask for the duration of your visit.
Patients should allow extra time before their appointment to pass through the screening checks.
As part of the pre-operative checks, you will be screened again with the COVID-19 questions and will be asked to provide proof of your negative COVID-19 result. Please ensure you have this with you on the day of surgery.
These added measures are to further protect all patients and staff and are in line with hospitals across Victoria.
For more information relating to COVID-19, including frequently asked questions and visitor information, please see Peter Mac’s Coronavirus information page.