Testing and fever clinics — coronavirus (COVID-19)
As restrictions ease across Queensland, we need more people to get tested for COVID-19. Getting tested will help 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 COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested immediately. Symptoms may include:
For further advice, contact your local doctor or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
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.
Fever clinics are specialist clinics to 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.
Fever clinics are managed by Hospital and Health Services. View the Queensland Fever Clinic & Respiratory Clinics list to find your closest location, or contact your GP or local hospital.
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.
Find your nearest testing centre
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 may be sent home to self-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 you are well enough to take care of yourself, you will need to stay at home in self-isolation until you recover. If you get sicker, you may be admitted to hospital in an isolation area.
If the result is negative, your doctor or the clinic that tested may let you know. Also 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.
Negative Test results from Pathology Queensland
If you’ve been tested in a public Queensland Health facility and have not received any call or a SMS notification and would like to follow up your negative test result, you can call Pathology Queensland on 1800 472 847. Test results for those under 16 years old cannot be provided over the phone, but you can request a copy of the result to be sent to your GP.
Please wait at least 36 hours after your test was collected. This service is only available from 8:15am to 5:15pm on weekdays.
Testing in private facilities, like QML, Sullivan and Nicolaides and Mater need to be followed up directly with the facility or through your GP.