Admission to Hospital

Admission to Hospital

We hope the following information assists you in preparing for your upcoming care at Bendigo Health.

What to bring

If you are staying in hospital for one or more nights please bring the following items:

  • Night clothes, slippers, day clothes and supportive comfortable shoes
  • Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and washer, comb, shaving kit and any other toiletries you may require. We do not supply shampoo and conditioner
  • A list of all the medications you take and any recent changes that have been made. This includes all prescription medications and those purchased in a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop
  • You may bring books and magazines and may need some money if you wish to purchase newspapers or other items from one of our retail outlets
  • Headphones so you can enjoy our Patient Entertainment System without disruption to other patients and their visitors.

Please do not bring any valuables with you.

Patients with Private Health Insurance

Bendigo Health is a public hospital, however you may elect to utilise your private health insurance. Our Private Patient Liaison Officer is available to answer any questions you may have regarding your admission.

Choosing to use your private health insurance at Bendigo Health contributes additional funding to your local hospital, helping maintain facilities and provide more equipment and services to the community.

Bendigo Health also offers private patients a range of extra benefits to enjoy. Conditions apply, so please contact the Private Patient Liaison officer on 5454 7523 for details.

TAC or Workcover claim patients

If your admission is the result of a traffic or work related accident you will be admitted as a compensable patient. Please notify staff if this applies to you. You must still elect to be public or private in the event of your claim being rejected. No accounts will be sent to you if you tell us who is responsible for your medical expenses. 

Veterans Affairs

Please notify staff if you personally are the holder of a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold or White Card. All of your claimable accounts will then be sent to DVA. 

Overseas Ineligible Patients

If you are an overseas visitor not eligible for Medicare cover, you can obtain treatment at Bendigo Health as an Overseas Ineligible patient. 

The below information sheet provides an overview of expected costs for overseas ineligible patients. 

Overseas Ineligible Patient Rates

Please call Medicare Australia on 13 20 11 for further information. 

Contact Us


100 Barnard Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550


03 5454 6000


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