COVID-19: Latest Information

August 23, 2021

Visiting Northern Health

Due to the current COVID-19 situation in the Melbourne metropolitan area, no visitors are permitted at any of our sites. This is necessary to keep our patients and staff safe. Thank you for your understanding.

Exemptions apply for Paediatrics, Maternity Ward, end of life care and on compassionate grounds.

Birthing Suite and Maternity Ward
One partner or support person of a pregnant woman or patient in the Maternity Ward.

Neonatal Unit and Children’s Ward
One parent allowed in Neonatal Unit and Children’s Ward.

COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Northern Health is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible community members at Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre in South Morang. Please book via the Victorian coronavirus bookings website HERE or call the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.   

Northern Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Details:

Site Address
Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre
35 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang Vic 3752
How to get here

Operating Hours
8 am to 7.50 pm, seven days a week

Click below to:

Click here for more information on how to make a booking.
More information available here: When will I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Victoria’s Current Restrictions

For the latest information on Victoria’s COVIDSafe Settings, click here.

What you need to keep doing

  • Practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Wear a face mask at all times when outside you home, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • If you feel unwell get tested at a nearby testing location. See Northern Health locations below. Return home immediately.
  • If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.

Information about getting tested for COVID-19

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should get tested.

  • Testing is available to people with the following symptoms, however mild: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, and loss of sense of smell or taste.
  • The test is free for everyone.
  • The test takes around a minute and involves a swab from the back of your throat and nose.
  • You need to bring your Medicare card. If you don’t have a Medicare card then bring one form of identification, like your driver’s licence or student ID.
  • You should return home immediately after the test and remain in self-isolation until you receive your test result.

If you are unsure whether or not you should be tested for coronavirus, visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website. The Department of Health and Human Services website provides step-by-step advice on how to get tested for COVID-19.

Northern Health COVID-19 Testing Clinics

As part of our COVID-19 response, Northern Health is operating the below testing clinics.

Northern Centre for Health Education & Research (NCHER) car park next to Northern Hospital
(Enter via Cooper Street)
187 Cooper Street, Epping Vic 3076
8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week
Drive-through and walk-ins

Craigieburn Centre
274-304 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn Vic 3064
8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week
Drive-through only

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians are considered a high risk for COVID-19 due to higher rates of pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung disease than non-Aboriginal people. This means that it is important for Aboriginal people that are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to get tested early and, if you do have COVID-19, ensure you can access treatment quickly. See details on our Fever Clinic above. Click here for a fact sheet from the Department of Health and Human Services.

COVID Safe Plans

Northern Health has developed COVID Safe plans for the health service and Ian Brand Residential Care, Bundoora. COVID Safe plans protect patients, residents, visitors, staff and contractors. Our COVID Safe Plans set out Northern Health’s actions to help prevent the introduction and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our health care environment, whilst we provide vital care for patients.

COVID Safe Plan – Northern Health
COVID Safe Plan – Ian Brand Residential Care

Latest information

As the situation is changing rapidly, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest updates, including advice on symptoms and precautions.
Visit the Department of Health and Human Services website to find out more. 

Translated COVID-19 resources can be accessed below:
Department of Health and Human Services website.
Health Translations website.

You can learn more about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), including advice on symptoms and precautions, on the Better Health Channel website.
Visit the Better Health Channel website to find out more.

Read the latest travel alerts on the Smartraveller website.
Visit the Smartraveller website to find out more. 

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398.
Please only call Triple Zero (000) for emergencies.