Joint statement from Ballarat Base and SJOG hospitals

Saturday 9 July 2022

Hospitals across Victoria, including the Ballarat Base Hospital and St John of God, are experiencing increased demand this weekend. This is likely to continue for many more weeks.

In Ballarat, we are seeing an increase in people coming into the Emergency Department, and many people are extremely unwell. 

If this applies to you or someone in your care, call an ambulance or come directly to the Emergency Department.  


There are also many people coming into ED, seeing the triage nurse, waiting for some time, then leaving.  

If you do not need emergency care - or are unsure - while you are at home consider calling Nurse on Call – 1300 60 60 24, your pharmacist, or attending an after-hours medical clinic.   


If you have COVID or suspect you have COVID, consider calling the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080


If you need a translator, call 1800 675 398 and dial zero (0). 


If you have the internet at home there is helpful information about managing COVID at home at  


Remember, if you are extremely unwell and think you need emergency care call 000 or have someone bring you into the Emergency Department. 


If you do not need emergency care or are unsure, consider making a phone call first – you may be given the advice and guidance you need to stay well at home.  

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