A message to our patients about COVID-19

To all of our patients at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac)

We’ve responded quickly after detecting a small number of COVID-19 cases at Peter Mac.

Our infection prevention specialists have been working throughout the weekend to identify close contacts, who will self-isolate for at least 14 days. Importantly, if you have attended Peter Mac and have not been contacted directly, you can be assured that you are not a close contact, and do not need to self-isolate.

We’ve completed a deep clean and also undertaken broader testing as an added precaution.

Patients who test positive for COVID-19 are transferred to another hospital.

Staff who test positive are supported to quarantine until they are well again. 

While COVID-19 is very serious, it is also important to continue seeking cancer treatment.

Please keep attending your appointments because delaying treatment can affect the course of cancer and the types of treatment that will be necessary.

On arrival at the hospital, or our campuses, you will see:

  • A temperature check for everyone - staff and patients - on arrival
  • Wearing of masks by all people at all times
  • Active reinforcing of physical distancing measures
  • Promotion of good hand hygiene, with hand sanitiser readily available at all locations
  • Additional cleaning in place
  • In addition, any person who experiences even mild symptoms is asked to self-isolate and get tested

If you’d prefer to attend an appointment from home, you can also ask your treating team about telehealth and whether this is an option for you.

If you have any concerns or questions, please talk to your treating team.