COVID-19 symptoms include respiratory/cold/flu-like symptoms, such as cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny/stuffy nose, fatigue or lack of taste or smell or a range of other symptoms, including vomiting, nausea or diarrhoea.
If you have symptoms, no matter how mild, stay home, don’t go to work, school or the shops, and get tested as quickly as possible.
There are a number of COVID-19 testing options on the Gold Coast and it is important that you get tested, to ensure you get the care you need and to stop the spread to your family or to the community.
For the latest information on COVID-19 testing, visit Queensland Health’s COVID-19 testing requirements webpage.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network does not arrange COVID-19 testing or book testing appointments.
From 7 March 2022, private pathology clinics will require patients to have a Medicare card and a GP referral. Without a valid referral, patients may be charged for their test by the clinic. Find out more about the cost of testing. If requirements are met, COVID-19 testing is free of charge at any of the Queensland Health operated testing clinics listed here.
Most people can manage COVID-19 at home and are advised to utilise the tools and helplines below in the first instance they suspect they have COVID-19.
COVID care self-checker – A clinical self-assessment tool designed to help patients understand what healthcare they may need based on their symptoms and other risk factors.
National Coronavirus Hotline 1800 020 080 - Available 24 hours a day 7 days per week, with an interpreter available (press 8).
PCR tests are no longer required to confirm a positive rapid antigen test (RAT).
PCR tests are available where RATs cannot be accessed.
A positive RAT result must be reported to Queensland Health. RATs can be purchased at pharmacies and retail stores.
Queensland Health have a limited supply at testing sites.
To search for local testing centres anywhere in Queensland visit the Queensland Health website.