Testing and fever clinics — coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please note that some Pathology Providers operating COVID-19 clinics in Queensland need to send the samples they collect to their testing laboratories interstate. This can affect turnaround times for a result, particularly during busy periods.
Queensland Testing Laboratories include:
- Pathology Queensland
- Sullivan and Nicolaides (SNP)
- Queensland Medical Laboratories (QML)
- Mater Pathology
- Genomics for Life
It is recommended that you always check with your Pathology Provider about expected wait times for your area before attending.
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.
Find your nearest COVID-19 testing centre
Locations last updated on : Monday 29 November 2021
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) and 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.
To find out more about testing and what is involved, read our blog post: Everything you ever wanted to know about testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Queensland
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 (including the public holiday on 28 October 2021) and Saturday, Sunday 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.