| 08 Nov 2021


No appointments are required to be tested at the South Canterbury DHB's drive through COVID-19 Testing Clinic.

COVID-19 Testing Clinic Times and Location:

  • Monday to Friday from 9am - 3pm - Baptist Church, 17 Wilson Street, Timaru
  • Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 3pm - Timaru Medical Centre car park, 47a Heaton Street, Timaru.

We ask people in Timaru to get tested if they have any cold and flu symptoms, no matter how mild or if they have visited a location of interest.

In order to protect our health services such as General Practice and the Emergency Department, we ask the community to assist with this by getting tested at the COVID-19 Testing Clinic.

If you live outside of Timaru, please phone your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and they will advise where you can get tested.

If you need clinical advice about whether you need a test, please call Healthline 0800 358 5453.

COVID-19 symptoms

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are like those found with illnesses such as a cold or influenza. Symptoms can include one or more of the following:

  • sneezing and runny nose
  • a new or worsening cough
  • sore throat
  • a fever of at least 38°C
  • shortness of breath
  • temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste
  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • muscle pain or body aches
  • nausea and vomiting.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as colds and flu.

Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor, Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your iwi health provider.

How to protect yourself and others

These simple steps can slow the spread of the virus and help protect you, your whānau, and your community from COVID-19.

  • If you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and call your doctor or Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453.
  • Regularly wash and thoroughly dry your hands
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • Keep a 2 metre distance from people you do not know
  • Clean or disinfect shared surfaces often
  • Wear a face covering
  • Keep track of where you have been with the NZ COVID Tracer app.

Media contact:

Karen Berry
Communications Manager
South Canterbury District Health Board
P: 03 687 2395 | M: 021 139 7442