The Royal Melbourne Hospital is right at the centre of combatting COVID-19 in Victoria. For weeks, we’ve been doing everything possible to prepare for and fight COVID-19, now a global pandemic.

Nurse taking a sample from a patient within the COVID-19 screening clinic

As you know, for most people, COVID-19 will cause flu-like symptoms. But people who are older or who have an existing health problem are at far greater risk.

This is an unprecedented challenge for our health system, hospitals, doctors and nurses.

We are one of five global WHO Collaborating Centres for Research on Influenza, and also operate the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Lab (VIDRL). We already have special equipment, isolation units and research facilities. We’re working with international partners on a vaccine. It’s likely to take a year or more to develop.

In the meantime, we’re treating more patients in the hospital and in the community and we need your support. At times of national emergency, we all need to pull together.

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