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COVID-19 Testing

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.

Types of Tests

Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

Click here for more information on 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

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

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What if I or someone I know tests positive?

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


Household close contact

If you live with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to isolate. You should test daily for 5 days with a rapid antigen test (RAT) from the day the person with COVID-19 tested positive.

If any of your tests are positive, you must self-isolate for 7 days.

If you cannot test daily, we recommend you stay home for 5 days.

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

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