COVID-19 Update – 30 bed urgent care clinic

We’re working as quickly as possible to ensure every household in the two public housing estates under lockdown have what they need.

To assist with the triage and treatment of patients in lockdown the Royal Melbourne Hospital has partnered with St John Ambulance Victoria to establish a 30-bed urgent care clinic at Melbourne Showgrounds. This clinic will provide critical and comprehensive first-aid to housing residents if needed.

To help address less serious medical needs, two field emergency management units have also been established at the two public housing estates under lockdown. They are staffed by medical workers, GPs and nurses, with pharmacotherapy and medicines available on site. This includes wrap-around mental health and drug and alcohol support from both peer-support workers and clinicians, who are undertaking active outreach. Residents who need to continue treatment and recovery during lockdown will have access to pharmacotherapy and support programs.

We know this is tough on our public housing residents and that’s why we’re doing everything we can to provide support.