Testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus) is being conducted at a number of locations.
Who can be tested?
In Queensland, testing may be done for people who have fever (or history of fever) OR acute respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath). More information about the criteria is available on the Queensland Health website.
There are two fever clinics operating from 9am until 9pm every day at:
Directional signage to the fever clinics can be found at our hospitals:
Gold Coast University Hospital
The fever clinic is located on the corner of Hollows Way and Hospital Boulevard, next to the multi-storey car park. There are screening stations at the entrances near the main entrance, emergency department, ground floor foyer, and the level 1 outpatient clinic entrance. You will be directed to the fever clinic AFTER being seen at the screening station.
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. The screening station at the Robina Health Precinct building is in the foyer, on the ground floor. The actual fever clinic is located on level two and you will be directed to this location AFTER being seen at the screening station.
These screening stations are staffed by registered nurses who will help people with their coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns by either:
- Directing them to a fever clinic for testing
- Directing them to the emergency department for treatment
- Advising them to see a GP because it is likely their symptoms are not coronavirus (COVID-19) and can be treated by GP.
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 takes 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.
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 or text.
If the test is negative for coronavirus (COVID-19), patients will no longer need to maintain strict precautions, however, in some instances, we may advise that they and any household members, including children, stay at home from school or work.
All people who receive a positive test result will receive further instructions, based on their individual situation.
Fever Clinics are set up specifically to test for coronavirus (COVID-19) and are made up of an initial health screen by a registered nurse, and then a swab test (if you fit the testing criteria).