Covid 19 Testing
Awakino Road, Dargaville
The centres are for testing only and will not be providing medical care or assessment. If you are feeling unwell and are sick enough to normally see your doctor please call your GP for an appointment.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a cough
- sore throat
- a fever
- shortness of breath.
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
Please feel free to wait in your car. A staff member will let you know when it is your turn.
The staff we have moving around to support people while they wait are not with anyone person long enough to be at risk of catching COVID-19.
Our staff members who are taking the swabs for testing are wearing full PPE – a mask, gloves, gowns, and eye protection which is the same protection we advise in primary care.
Patients are given written advice about when to expect their results and what to do next. Most results will be sent out via text message, with other options available to people who don’t have a mobile phone. We expect the test results to take 5 days to be available.
Ring ahead before visiting a medical clinic or emergency department – don’t just turn up.
The testing station is located in a portacom outside the Coast to Coast health Centre. you must stay in you car and call. A nurse will come to car and test you there.
If you are unsure call the Healthline number – 0800 358 5453