Getting your child tested
If your child (or anyone is in your family) is feeling sick:
- Get tested today
- Keep them home and isolated until you get the results and symptoms resolve.
Testing helps us find as many cases in the community as quickly as possible.
If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose
- vomiting or nausea
- loss of the sense of smell or taste.
Other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, and loss of appetite.
Where can I get my child tested?
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 testing and 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. Before your appointment, please call ahead and tell them about your symptoms so they can prepare for your visit.
Respiratory clinics are doctor (GP)-led clinics that provide face-to-face assessments, testing and treatment for people experiencing mild to moderate respiratory symptoms. This includes testing for COVID-19.
You should make an appointment at a respiratory clinic if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms. The clinics are for everyone, including children.
The clinics are free (no cost), even if you do not have a Medicare card. Bookings are required. Book your appointment via HotDoc or calling 1800 022 222.
Respiratory clinics are supported by PHNs (primary health networks) and funded through the Commonwealth Department of Health.
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 000 for an ambulance and let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.
Fever clinics are specialist clinics managed by Hospital and Health Services that 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.
Find your nearest COVID-19 testing centre.
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.
A healthcare worker wearing a mask, gown, eye protection and gloves (personal protective equipment) will use a nasal swab to collect secretions from the back of your child’s nose. The thin swab will be inserted about 2-3cm inside your child’s nose. The collected sample will be sent to a laboratory for testing.
What happens after the test?
After your child’s test, you will be given instructions on what to do to help keep your child, family and the community safe until their test results become available. Depending on the reason for testing, this may include isolating them at home until you receive their test results.
Other members of your family and other people your child has been in contact with, do not need to self-quarantine unless specifically advised by your local public health unit but should stay away from your sick child as much as possible. If the test result is positive, they may be assessed as a close contact and then need to be in quarantine. The public health unit will contact you.
Still got questions? Read our FAQs.
Queensland Children’s Hospital Family Testing Clinic
Children’s Health Queensland is conducting COVID-19 (coronavirus) screening for children and their families at the Queensland Children’s Hospital Family Testing Clinic in South Brisbane.
The clinic is for:
- Children up to 16 years of age
- Parents/carers who present with their child
- Siblings who present with a child
Parents, carers and siblings may be tested at the same time as they are considered close contacts of the child.
No appointments or referrals required.
To help keep everyone at the Queensland Children’s Hospital COVID-safe, please practise physical distancing by staying at least 1.5 metres away from others.
You will be advised if your child and your family needs to self-isolate while waiting for your test results.
If you are concerned that your child may have COVID-19 and requires medical treatment, take them to the Queensland Children’s Hospital Emergency Department (open 24 hours, seven days a week).
Call emergency services on 000 if your child is very sick.
Queensland Children’s Hospital Family Testing Clinic
Centre for Children’s Health Research (opposite Queensland Children’s Hospital Level 2 entrance)
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday
If your child is unwell, or needs a COVID test outside of these hours, please present directly to QCH Emergency.
t: 07 3068 1111 (hospital switchboard)
Find your nearest COVID-19 testing centre
If you have general questions about COVID-19 and children, email COVIDquestions@health.qld.gov.au.
Note: This email should not be used for clinical enquiries. If you are concerned about your child’s health, seek medical advice from your child’s specialist, GP or other healthcare provider.
In an emergency always call 000.