| 19 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Testing Clinic

29 May 2020 - The COVID-19 Testing Clinic is now closed.  

If you have any of the below symptoms, please contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP to arrange for a COVID-19 test.

COVID-19 symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Head cold
  • Change in sense of smell
  • Acute shortness of breath

On the 19 March 2020 the South Canterbury District Health Board have opened a COVID-19 Testing Clinic:

  • The clinic is located at 14 Butler Street, Timaru
  • Open from 9am – 2pm, Monday to Friday -
  • Please note: this is not a drop-in clinic

A referral from Healthline, GPs, Pharmacy or ED is required.  Once the clinic receives the referral, they will contact you to advise your appointment time. You should stay in self-isolation until your appointment. Please make sure you arrive on time.

If you take regular medication, please bring a list of these to your appointment.

If possible, travel to the COVID-19 Testing Clinic by private transport. If you have to travel with someone else, try to stay 2m apart from them, use good hand hygiene and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow.

When you get to the COVID-19 Testing Clinic, stay in your car. A member of staff will be there to help you and show you where to go. Please follow their instructions.

The team will talk to you and examine you to check how you're doing. If you meet the testing criteria, they'll perform a test. They'll also decide if you're well enough to go home or if you need further medical assessment. The test for COVID-19 is a swab that's taken from the back of your nose.

The COVID-19 Testing Clinic can't offer treatment for any other conditions. If something other than COVID-19 is making you unwell, you may need to contact your GP for further advice and treatment.

On leaving the COVID-19 Testing Clinic, you'll be given information on what you should do next and told how you'll get your test results. Please follow this advice carefully.