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.
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 the Carrara Health Centre, Monday to Friday between 10am-2pm. Entry is via Pappas Way into Chisholm Road.
Queensland health have advised that the following groups can access free RAT kits via the Queensland Health distribution centres (Carrara and Upper Coomera in the GC) without a concession card: