Ebola information for the community
The Royal Melbourne Hospital is the designated state-wide service for Viral Haemorrhagic Fever, which includes receiving patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
We’d like to reassure the community that their safety, and the safety of our staff and patients is always our highest priority.
The RMH is ready and prepared should we receive a suspected case of Ebola and our staff have been thoroughly trained to provide high quality and safe care to these patients.
As part of our preparedness, staff have undertaken daily drills on how to manage a suspected or confirmed Ebola case. They have also practised how to correctly and safely wear their personal protective equipment.
In the unlikely event that we receive a patient with Ebola, only trained and experienced staff will care for them using purpose built isolation facilities and personal protective equipment.
We’d like to remind the community that Ebola is not spread via the airborne route – it is spread through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people or animals.
For further information about Ebola please see our Infection Prevention page or visit the Ebola Virus Disease page on the Better Health Channel.