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Testing and fever clinics

Testing for COVID-19 (coronavirus) is being conducted at a number of locations.

Who can be tested

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested immediately. Symptoms may include:

  • fever
  • a cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • fatigue
  • muscle or joint pain
  • loss of smell or loss of taste
  • shortness of breath.

People may also experience other symptoms that are different to what is shown above, such as headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea or a loss of appetite. Symptoms can vary depending on each case.

More information about testing is available on the Queensland Health website.

Fever clinics are for testing only. If you are unwell and need to see a doctor call your GP or hospital Emergency Department to make an appointment.

Testing locations

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.

If you are unable to get to one of the locations below you can present to your nearest CQ Health facility for testing.

Phone the CQ COVID-19 hotline (between 6am - 6pm, 7 days a week) on 07 4920 5800 to make an appointment. Have your Medicare card ready when you call to make a fever clinic appointment.

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    Friday 14 August - 9am - 1pm

    9am - 4pm, Monday to Friday
    9am - 1pm, Saturday and Sunday

    Phone: 07 4920 5800

    Location:
    Building 14, Berrill Lane - access via CQUniversity Norman Road entrance

    • Phone ahead for an appointment time. Have your Medicare card ready when you call. You'll be asked to provide your personal details over the phone so we can prepare for your appointment before you arrive.
    • Bring your mobile phone with you and make sure it's fully charged. Only bring people with you in the car if they also have an appointment to be tested.
    • Arrive five minutes before your appointment.
    • Enter the CQUniversity campus from Norman Road.
    • Follow the signs and remain in your car at all times (unless directed otherwise).
    • Follow instructions on where to park while waiting to be tested. Please turn off the engine when you park.
    • You will be tested in your car and provided advice on what to do next, including self-isolation.
  • 9am - 4pm, 7 days per week
    No booking required, just walk in.

    Phone: 07 4976 1013 or 07 4920 5800

    • Enter the hospital campus from Flinders Street, then turn left at the Fever Clinic sign.
    • Park in reserved parking spaces and walk to clinic area.
    • Go to the reception desk (please observe social distancing) and follow instructions.
    • You will be asked to take a seat under the marquees until you can be seen by a clinician.
    • You will be tested and provided advice on what to do next, including self-isolation.
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    Friday 14 August - CLOSED

    11am - 3pm, Monday to Friday
    9am - 1pm, Saturday
    Closed on Sunday

    Phone: 07 4920 5800

    • Phone ahead for an appointment time. Have your Medicare card ready when you call. You'll be asked to provide your personal details over the phone so we can prepare for your appointment before you arrive.
    • Bring your mobile phone with you and make sure it's fully charged. Only bring people with you in the car if they also have an appointment to be tested.
    • Arrive five minutes before your appointment.
    • Enter the hospital campus from Hoskyn Drive and follow the road past the hospital's main entrance to the fever clinic car parks.
    • Follow instructions on where to park while waiting to be tested. Please turn off the engine when you park.
    • You will be tested in your car and provided advice on what to do next, including self-isolation.
  • 2pm - 4pm, 7 days per week

    Phone: 07 4920 5800

    Location:
    Blackwater Hospital, 41 Mackenzie Street

    • Phone ahead for an appointment time. Have your Medicare card ready when you call. You'll be asked to provide your personal details over the phone so we can prepare for your appointment before you arrive.
    • Arrive five minutes before your appointment.
    • Follow the signs at the hospital.
  • 2.30pm - 3.30pm, 7 days per week

    Phone: 07 4920 5800

    • Phone ahead for an appointment time. Have your Medicare card ready when you call. You'll be asked to provide your personal details over the phone so we can prepare for your appointment before you arrive.
    • Arrive five minutes before your appointment.
    • Follow the signs to the second driveway just past the main entrance.

Other local respiratory clinics are available through GP practices at:

What happens when I get tested?

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.

What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation means:

  • Staying at home and not accepting visitors.
  • If you live with other people, wearing a mask will reduce risk of transmission to them.
  • We recommend that you sleep alone if possible.
  • You will not need to wear a mask while you are alone in a room.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs regularly.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.

Test results

If your 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 your result is negative:

  • If you have consented to SMS messaging for results, you will receive an SMS notification if your COVID-19 pathology test is a Negative Result. The SMS will contain information to identify you as the correct recipient, including the date the test was performed and date of birth (Personal Information).
  • You will be asked to reply to the SMS notification to confirm receipt of the SMS notification.
  • You can also ask for a “call back” if you wish to discuss your result further with clinical staff.
  • For more information about privacy, refer below Privacy Notice.

Children under 16 years:

  • If your result is positive your parent or guardian will receive a call from a public health doctor or nurse who will tell you what to do next.
  • If your result is negative your parent or guardian will be notified by SMS messaging where consent and details have been provided. Patient results for children under 16 years cannot be given over the phone; however, a copy can be sent to your GP if requested by contacting Pathology Queensland via the details below.
  • For more information about privacy, refer below Privacy Notice.

If you have been waiting for results and it's been more than 36-48 hours since your test, you can contact Pathology Queensland in 36-48 hours to confirm you have a negative result on 1800 472 847 8.15am to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday.

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.

While 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.

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Other people in my house have become sick - what do they do?

If any other members of your household develop symptoms, they should contact:

  • Their health provider or
  • 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or
  • CQ COVID-19 hotline (6am-6pm, 7 days a week) on 07 4920 5800

Further information

If you require further information, please contact your health provider or 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

If you or anybody in the household is experiencing a medical emergency, call 000 and notify the officers that you are currently isolated because you have or may have COVID-19.

Visit the Queensland Health website for latest updates on COVID-19.

Information about community support is available at www.covid19.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 31 July 2020