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COVID-19 testing information

COVID-19 testing information

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) partners with a range of community organisations to offer COVID-19 testing to our community.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms your first option should be to test yourself using a RAT kit which are widely available across our community.

From 1 August 2022, eligible concession card holders can obtain free RAT kits at a Queensland Health RAT distribution point. In the Wide Bay region, WBHHS has partnered with a range of community groups to provide these distribution points locally.

You can get up to five RAT kits per month and you can get all five from a single visit.

PCR testing is also available at private pathology-operated locations in the region.

To search for the locations and opening hours of private clinics in Wide Bay, visit the Queensland Government’s Testing and Fever Clinics web page.

Following the expansion of Queensland Health RAT distribution points and availability of PCR testing via private clinics, our  Fever clinics are now in the process of closing to allow our staff to return to frontline health roles.

People should be tested for COVID-19 if they have any of the symptoms associated with the virus, including fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting/nausea, or loss of smell or taste.

To support Queensland’s response to COVID-19, people who do not have adequate insurance coverage and are not eligible for Medicare (such as overseas nationals) will not be charged out-of-pocket expenses if they present to any Queensland Health facility for assessment in relation to COVID-19 infection.

For more information about testing criteria and fever clinics, visit Queensland Health’s testing and fever clinics webpage.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service

Last updated: 25 March 2020