Testing and fever clinics — coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you’re feeling sick:
- Get tested today
- Stay home and isolate until you get the results and your symptoms resolve.
Testing helps us find as many cases in the community as quickly as possible. This will ensure we are doing everything we can to manage Queensland’s response to the pandemic.
If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested:
Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.
Call emergency services on 000 if you are very sick.
Where to get tested
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you can visit:
Your local doctor
Before your appointment, please call ahead and tell them about your symptoms so they can prepare for your visit.
If you are unable to make it to your local doctor or a testing clinic due to special or individual circumstances, your doctor can do a consultation over the phone and then arrange for a home collection with one of the private pathology providers.
Fever clinics are specialist clinics managed by Hospital and Health Services that assess people who may be infected with COVID-19. These clinics help to keep people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals and health centres. This helps to reduce the potential spread of the virus and keeps the emergency department available for emergencies.
Please be aware that during peak periods the wait times at our fever clinics could be a few hours. If your nearest testing facility is experiencing delays, please check other locations. Please check opening hours before leaving home and bring water, a hat and sunscreen with you in case you need it.
Please remember to social distance while you wait.
Testing clinics are available for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are unwell. If you feel well and require a test (e.g. planning to return to your home country) you can visit a GP to be referred to a private pathology provider and avoid coming into contact with people who are unwell at the clinic.
Respiratory clinics are doctor (GP)-led clinics that provide face-to-face assessments, testing and treatment for people experiencing mild to moderate respiratory symptoms. This includes testing for COVID-19.
You should make an appointment at a respiratory clinic if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms. The clinics are for everyone, including children.
Respiratory clinics are supported by PHNs (primary health networks) and funded through the Commonwealth Department of Health.
Online bookings for COVID-19 testing
You can book a test appointment at the following clinics:
- Atherton Hospital COVID-19 drive-through clinic: Atherton Showgrounds
- Browns Plains Community Health Centre: Middle Rd & Wineglass Dr, Hillcrest QLD, 4118
- Cairns Hospital COVID-19 drive-through clinic: 43 Aumuller St, Cairns, 4870
- Cairns Hospital Testing and Fever Clinic: 165 Esplanade, Cairns, 4870
- Innisfail Drive Through COVID-19 test clinic: Innisfail Showgrounds
- Mackay Showgrounds: Shed P7 Mackay Showgrounds
- Mareeba: Borzi Park Band Hall, Chewko Road
- Mater Pathology - Cleveland Respiratory Clinic: 46-50 Middle Street, Cleveland, 4163
- Mossman COVID-19 Testing: Entrance via Johnston Road to Hospital Street
- PA Hospital Community Screening Clinic: 20 Cornwall Street, Annerley, 4103
- Redland Clinic: Weippin St, Cleveland, 4163
- Tully Hospital: 17 Bryant Street, Tully, 4854
- Tully Hospital COVID-19 Drive Through Clinic: 17 Bryant Street, Tully, 4854
Online bookings will be extended to more test locations soon.
Find your nearest COVID-19 testing centre
Locations last updated on : Monday 26 July 2021
GP referrals to testing clinics
Due to increased demand, private testing and respiratory clinics will not require a GP referral until midnight Friday 30th July.
Participating providers include Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP), Queensland Medical Laboratories (QML), 4Cyte Pathology, Medlab Pathology, Mater Pathology and Genomics for Life.
Please note this is only applies to participating providers in Sunshine Coast, Greater Brisbane and Gold Coast areas..
To support Queensland’s response to COVID-19, people who do not have adequate insurance coverage and are not eligible for Medicare will not be charged out of pocket expenses if they present to any Queensland Health facility for assessment in relation to COVID-19 infection.
About the testing process
Testing for COVID-19 involves collecting nasal (inside your nose) or throat swabs, and/or sputum (mucus coughed up). These samples are then transferred to the nearest laboratory that is set up to test for COVID-19.
If you are tested for COVID-19 but aren't really sick, you will be sent home to isolate while you wait for the test results. This may take several days.
If you are really sick you may be admitted to hospital for treatment. If you become sicker while you are waiting for results, please contact your doctor or call an ambulance. Make sure you let them know you are waiting for test results for COVID-19.
If the result is positive, you will receive a call from a public health doctor or nurse who will tell you what to do next.
If the result is negative, your doctor or the clinic that tested you may let you know. Depending on where you got tested, you may just receive an automated SMS. If you have been issued with a notice telling you to self-quarantine, you must stay in self-quarantine until the end date written on the notice, even if you get a negative result. This is because you may still develop COVID-19 infection.
If you are waiting on a test result, the people you live with and other close contacts do not need to be in quarantine unless the local public health unit tells them to. They should stay away from the sick person as much as possible. If the test result is positive, they may be assessed as a close contact and will then need to be in quarantine.
Still waiting for results?
If you’ve been tested in a public Queensland Health facility and have not received a call or SMS notification and would like to follow up your negative test result, you can call Pathology Queensland on 1800 472 847.
Please wait at least 36 to 48 hours after your test was collected. This service is available from Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm and Saturday, Sunday and all public holidays 8.00am to 1.00pm. Hours may be extended during periods of expanded and surge testing.
Anyone who has had testing performed at Mater Pathology, QML, Sullivan & Nicolaides Pathology, MedLab or 4Cyte Pathology can get their results from their referring GP or direct from the private pathology provider.