The health of our patients, visitors, and staff is our biggest priority. We have put in place a number of measures to keep our community safe while providing the highest level of care.

COVID safe measures

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital is following Victorian Government advice and encourages all our staff and patients to stay updated via

Play your part and help us to prevent the spread of infection by adhering to the below guidelines:

  • When inside the hospital you must wear a facemask unless you have a valid, written exemption
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • 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 the crook of your elbow.
  • Stay at home, get tested, and isolate if you feel unwell.
  • Maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as you are eligible.
  • Get vaccinated for flu (influenza) as soon as it is available.

What to expect when coming to the Eye and Ear

We are following Victorian Government advice on the COVID-19 pandemic and have made some updates on the way we enter and move around the hospital. All patients, visitors, and carers are to take note and adhere to the following:

  • Patient check-in opens 15 minutes before your appointment time. If you have arrived early, we will ask you to wait outside and re-enter later. This is to restrict the number of people in the hospital for physical distancing. ​​​​​​
  • You will then be greeted by our Concierge Team who will:
    • ask you a few health screening questions
    • give you a new surgical face mask to put on
    • ask you to sanitise your hands.
  • Social distancing measures have been put in place to separate patients in waiting rooms, and visitor numbers have been reduced to allow for this.

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