Because these other conditions can increase your risk of becoming very sick, it is important that treatment is started within the first few days of being infected. Learn more about these early COVID-19 treatments below.
To be eligible for early COVID-19 treatments, you must be:
Please note: The eligibility criteria is based on guidance provided by the Department of Health and is subject to change.
Please ask your GP or GP Respiratory Clinic for an urgent telehealth appointment regarding COVID treatment as early as possible after your positive COVID test.
If you haven’t already, please ensure you report your positive RAT at the Department of Health website online. This will ensure you are enrolled onto a COVID Pathway if you are high risk.
If you are a high-risk patient being looked after by the COVID Pathways at Monash Health, The Alfred or Peninsula Health, you may receive a phone call to see if you need an antiviral prescription and to help you start these quickly.
The Monash Satellite Clinic provides early treatments for COVID-19 positive patients.
If you have been prescribed Remdesivir, you will receive treatment at this clinic.
The clinic is located in Moorabbin Hospital, 823-865 Center Road, Bentleigh East VIC 3165.
It is open from 9am to 4pm, with a referral and by appointment only.
We are making changes to our Early COVID-19 Therapies Clinic service provision and referral process. From Friday July 1, we will no longer be taking GP referrals or self-referrals into our clinic.
We are doing this to ensure the clinic continue to provide optimal care to patients on our Medium and High Risk COVID-19 Pathways, and the provision of intravenous early COVID-19 therapies to appropriate patients.
Going forward, only Monash Health physicians/registrars and our Emergency Departments can refer patients for Remdesivir to the HITH Satellite Clinic at 89-91 Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena.
Processes and pathways are still in place to support your patients.
Doctors from Monash Health (and our Monash Health Emergency Department) can refer patients directly for treatment with IV Remdesivir over three days.
To be treated with IV Remdesivir through our Hospital in the Home (HiTH) service, patients must:
Please assess patients against the National Stockpile Criteria.
Please note: there will be no further medical review of the patients after the referral has been received. The referring clinician is responsible for ensuring that the patient cannot have Nirmatrelvir/Ritonavir therapies and that Remdesivir is not contraindicated.