Do I need a test?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, the answer is yes, if possible, please get tested.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

new or worsening cough, sneezing and runny nose, fever, temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches


If you know someone that has tested positive for COVID, see the chart below for guidance on whether you need a test or not.


Types of Tests

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Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

  • provided here at Village Health for both enrolled and unenrolled patients with COVID symptoms
  • available also for those travelling internationally to countries that accept these instead of PCR swabs (see below)
  • book by calling reception 033388595
  • results can take up to 2 hours to be processed and returned to you (the swab itself takes less than a minute, with results available within 15 - but due to overflowing clinics, it takes us a bit longer to process and report back to patients)
  • these tests are done in our carpark clinic
  • if we cannot fit you in, try clicking this link for other locations
  • you can purchase your own RAT from supermarkets and pharmacies


How to record a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

RAT results (especially if completed at home) will need to be recorded on your My COVID Record.  See the this link about how to record a RAT result or watch the video link below:


PCR Tests

  • these swabs may be used if COVID like symptoms are persistent despite negative RAT's
  • available here at Village Health for those who need one for international travel
  • click here to be redirected to our Fit2Fly page

What if I or someone I know tests positive?

If you test positive, you need to isolate at home for ten days.

If someone you know tests positive, you may fit into one of the categories below.

  • Household close contact

If you live with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are required to isolate from the day the person is notified.  You are required to have a COVID-19 swab on Day 3 and Day 8 of your isolation period.

  • Non-household close contacts

If you are notified that you are a Close Contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and do not live with the person, you are required to isolate for 7 days from notification.  You are required to have a swab on Day 5.

  • Asymptomatic close contact (no symptoms of COVID-19)

If you are a close contact of a positive case, however do not have symptoms, you are eligible for a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) which can be collected from a Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC). Click here for a list of locations.

See the NZ government website for all you need to know regarding self-isolation, testing, and support.

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