Ballarat Base looks to set to become a streaming hospital.
That means the hospital will open its doors to a number of patients from Melbourne to serve an overflow of metropolitan Covid cases.
It'll join Geelong as well as Bendigo, which came online as a streaming hospital last Saturday.
Ballarat Health Services acute operations director Ben Kelly says they're yet to receive formal direction, but it looks inevitable.
"Geelong is a streaming hospital, Bendigo came online on Saturday so I think it’s inevitable Ballarat becomes one too," he said.