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COVID-19 (coronavirus) Testing

As part of our response to COVID-19, we are increasing testing across the Gold Coast.

Who can be tested?

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, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting or nausea and loss of smell and/or taste. More information about testing is available on the Queensland Health website.

Testing is free

You will not be charged out of pocket expenses if you present to any Queensland Health facility to be assessed for COVID-19 infection.

Testing Locations

Gold Coast residents and visitors can access free COVID-19 testing from the below locations.

COVID-19 Testing Centres
  Our COVID-19 Testing Centres offer free testing from 9am to 9pm seven days a week.

Gold Coast University Hospital 

The COVID-19 Testing Centre is located on the corner of Hollows Way and Hospital Boulevard, next to the multi-storey car park. If arriving by the car park, patients should not go to the hospital, instead take the lift to the ground floor and follow the signage to the testing centre.

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Robina Health Precinct 

There is paid parking out the front of the Robina Health Precinct. If you're arriving from Robina Hospital, go via the pedestrian tunnel that links the train station to the high school off Bayberry Lane.

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COVID-19 Swabbing Stations
  Our free COVID-19 Swabbing Stations operate from 9am to 4:30pm seven days a week.

Albert Waterways Community Centre
Corner Hooker and Sunshine Boulevards, Mermaid Waters
(opposite Pacific Fair Shopping Centre)
The centre has 80 car parking spaces including four designated accessible parking spaces.

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Surfers Paradise Esplanade
Corner of Cavill Avenue and Esplanade, located along the footpath on the beach side.

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Gold Coast Airport
(arrival kiosk in the international terminal)
Eastern Ave, Bilinga

This clinic is only available for incoming flight passengers.
Respiratory Clinics
Dedicated respiratory clinics run by the Gold Coast Primary Health Network are also available. Some GPs also offer testing from their clinics. Find out more on Gold Coast Primary Health Network's website.
What happens when I get tested?

Testing usually involves collecting a swab or swabs from the nose and throat. Staff collecting the swabs will be dressed in protective clothing during the process.

It may take 48-72 hours to get the results. Until people receive a result, they should self-isolate. For more information about self-isolation requirements, visit the Queensland Government website. If your condition worsens while awaiting test results, you should go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital. A member of Gold Coast Health’s infection control team will telephone patients with test results.

Negative test results will be texted to your mobile phone.  All people who receive a positive test result will receive further instructions, based on their individual situation.

Please ensure we have your up-to-date phone number, preferably a mobile number. Calls to mobile phones from Gold Coast Health will display as ‘No Caller ID’ and we are unable to leave your test results as a voice message.

Last updated 09 Nov 2020