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 several 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 virus spreading.
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.
Most private pathology providers require a GP referral and a Medicare card for Medicare to cover the cost of your PCR test. Contact the provider to check whether you need a referral.
PCR tests are offered at private pathology-operated locations around Queensland. Remember to check the conditions of bulk billed COVID-19 testing on the private pathology provider’s website before you get you get tested or you may be charged a fee for pathology services.
COVID-19-Closure of Gold Coast Gold Coast Respiratory Clinics (GPRCs)
The Commonwealth has advised GCPHN that all three GPRC’s located on the Gold Coast at Upper Coomera, Hope Island and Burleigh Cove, have ceased operations as of 28th February 2023.
The selection process for the new model General Practice Respiratory Panel (GPRCP), undertaken by the Commonwealth, is currently underway. GCPHN will advise once a list of confirmed participant clinics is available.
NOTE: Gold Coast University Hospital does not provide PCR testing.
Queensland Health does not conduct PCR testing. PCR tests continue to be offered at private pathology-operated collection sites around Queensland. Remember to check the conditions of bulk billed COVID-19 testing on the private pathology provider’s website before testing as there may be a fee for pathology services.
Find a private pathology-operated collection site near you that tests for COVID-19:
Most private pathology providers require a GP referral and a Medicare card for Medicare to cover the cost of the PCR test. Contact the provider to check whether a referral is required
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.
Free COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are available from Gold Coast University Hospital.
Address: 1 Hospital Boulevard, Southport, 4215
Phone: 5687 6326
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.00pm, excluding Public Holidays
Notes: Please do not attend the facility. Telephone 5687 6326 or email GCHHSDisaster@health.qld.gov.au with your concession card number, name, address, contact number and any other delivery instructions.
Queensland health have advised that the following groups can access free RAT kits via the Queensland Health distribution centres without a concession card: