Gold Coast Health is setting up coronavirus swabbing stations in tourist spots to make it easier for the community and visitors to the Gold Coast to be tested for COVID-19.
From today, testing will be available at the Gold Coast Airport, to coincide with incoming flights; and at the Albert Waterways Community Centre (across the road from Pacific Fair Shopping Centre).
From tomorrow <Thursday>, a mobile pop-up testing facility will be available in Surfers Paradise on the Esplanade near McDonalds.
Appointments are not required at any of the swabbing sites, and the COVID-19 test is free.
The swabbing-stations will only provide COVID-19 testing and people requiring further medical attention will be referred to their GP or the hospital if necessary.
If you have even just one of the COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you should be tested. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or fatigue.
Make sure to visit the Gold Coast Health website for more information https://www.goldcoast.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-fever-clinic-getting-tested for the most up to date information on which testing centres are operating.
Where can you get tested for COVID-19 on the Gold Coast:
Tourist centre Swabbing Stations (Free, no appointments required):
• Gold Coast Airport (daily, for all incoming flights)
• Albert Waterways Community Centre, opposite Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on the corner of Sunshine and Hooker Blvds (daily, 9am-5pm)
• Surfers Paradise Esplanade, mobile swabbing van, parked beachside across from Cavill Ave McDonalds (daily, 9am-5pm) <Note: this mobile service commences on Thursday>
Health Precinct Fever Clinics (Free, no appointments required):
• Gold Coast University Hospital Fever Clinic near the main carpark, 1 Hospital Dr, Southport (daily, 9am-9pm)
• Robina Health Precinct Fever Clinic Building (across from Robina Hospital), 2 Campus Cres, Robina (daily, 9am-9pm)