| 08 Nov 2021

WHERE TO GET RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS (RATS)

The eligibility requirements for RATs have changed and they are now free and widely available. You do not need COVID-19 symptoms or to be a household contact anymore. Anyone can pre-order a RAT online to collect at requestrats.covid19.health.nz or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3) from 8am to 8pm.

Timaru Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection sites:

  • Moyles Pharmacy
  • 6 Dee Street, Timaru
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9am - 5pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).
  • Dee Street Pharmacy
  • 5 Dee Street, Timaru
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9am - 5pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).
  • Highfield Pharmacy
  • 145 Wai-Iti Road, Highfield, Timaru
  • Monday- Friday, 9.30am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 2pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).
  • Roberts Pharmacy
  • 45 Heaton Street, Timaru
  • Monday- Friday, 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 1pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

Waimate Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection sites:

  • Waimate Pharmacy 
  • 84 Queen Street, Waimate
  • Monday – Friday
  • 8.30am – 5.30pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).
  • Oak House Medical Centre
  • 161 Queen Street, Waimate,
  • 03 689 7676 (pick up from Gorge Road entrance)
  • Monday – Friday
  • 10am – 12pm and 2pm - 5pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

Temuka Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection site:

  • Temuka Pharmacy
  • 81 King Street, Temuka
  • Monday – Friday
  • 1.30pm - 5.30pm
    Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via requestrats.covid19.health.nz or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

Geraldine Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection site:

  • Geraldine Pharmacy
  • 24 Talbot Street, Geraldine
  • Monday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm
  • Saturday 9.30am -12.30pm
    Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via requestrats.covid19.health.nz or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

Fairlie Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection site:

  • Fairlie HealthCare Depot, 78 Main Street, Fairlie
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9am - 5.30pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

Twizel Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) collection site:

  • MacKenzie Pharmacy, 6-7 Market Place, Twizel
  • Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm
  • Every 2nd Saturday from 1st July, 10am - 2pm
  • Please note, before going to this collection site, you need to place an order via (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3).

If you are symptomatic or a household contact, you can now order free rapid antigen tests (RATs) through the newly launched RAT requester website:

  • Requesting RATs on the requester website is an easy step-by-step process. RATs can also be requested on behalf of someone else
  • You can order the test kits from the website (requestrats.covid19.health.nz) or by ringing 0800 222 478 (option 3) from 8am to 8pm. People will need to have access to a mobile phone to validate their order
  • You will be issued an order number and then you can then collect your RAT order from a collection site listed on Healthpoint, or have someone collect it for you
  • For people that are not unwell or a household contact but want to get a RAT for other purposes, such as to visit an elderly relative, you will also be able to purchase these at retailers – including supermarkets.

Report your RAT result
If you complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) you need to report your positive or negative result on My Covid Record. Log into mycovidrecord.health.nz or call 0800 222 478 and press option 3.

Media contact:

Karen Berry
Communications Manager
South Canterbury District Health Board
P: 03 687 2395 | M: 021 139 7442
kberry@scdhb.health.nz