If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms, they can get tested by a GP, a Commonwealth Respiratory Clinic, or at public and private hospitals where fever clinics
have been established.
General practice doctors, or GPs, can do COVID-19 testing or arrange it through private pathology providers, or they will refer you to another facility (like a pathology collection centre) for a test. Some GP clinics are now also offering special COVID-19 testing clinics.
The Commonwealth has funded general practices to establish specialised respiratory clinics for people with respiratory symptoms to be assessed and tested as required separate from regular GP waiting and consulting rooms. There is no cost to individuals attending these clinics.
Most hospitals can test for COVID-19 and some have fever clinics set up specifically for this purpose. This helps to reduce the potential spread of the virus and keeps emergency departments available for other emergencies. Unless you are very unwell or it is an emergency, it’s best to contact your GP before visiting a hospital. If you are very unwell or in an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance and let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.
Fever clinics are clinics for people who have symptoms of COVID-19. These clinics help keep people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals or health services to minimise risk to other patients and staff. You can find a list of fever clinics in Queensland on the Queensland Government website.
If you live in Brisbane, you can bring your child to the Queensland Children’s Hospital Family Testing Clinic to be tested as a family.