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So Ballarat base is a streaming hospital... but how many extra cases will we take on?

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Ballarat opened its doors to covid patients from Melbourne this week, however BHS staff doesn’t foresee a great number of patients travelling to Ballarat.

It comes as Ballarat Base joins Bendigo and Geelong as a streaming hospital to serve an overflow of metropolitan Covid cases.

Acute operations director BEN KELLY says patient intake will depend on what BHS can accommodate on a day-by-day basis.

"It will be controlled and coordinated, taking people that make some geographical sense," he said.