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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 testing clinics in the Cairns region


UPDATED 23/8/20:

Far North Queensland has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 tests for a region outside of the south-east corner of Queensland, with 29,776 tests (as at 12 August) conducted across the Cairns and Hinterland region this year.

The Cairns Hospital fever clinic has been seeing an average of 88 people per day in recent weeks, compared to 54 per week in June.

The hospital's COVID Testing and Fever Clinic has been relocated from Lake Street to the access way/carpark area at the north end of the hospital precinct on Cairns Esplanade.

EARLIER 14/8/20:

“The more people are testing, the sooner we will be able to act if there is COVID-19 transmission within the community."

That's the message from health authorities in the Far North as more testing clinics are opened across the region.

Some tests require a doctor's referral, while others can be accessed by calling ahead and making an appointment with your nearest clinic.

Scroll down for a comprehensive list of the region's coronavirus testing clinics, contact details and other information.



Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and fever clinics across the Cairns and FNQ region


Getting tested

Queensland Health is encouraging more people to get tested for COVID-19. Getting tested will help find as many cases in the community as quickly as possible, ensuring authorities are doing everything they can to manage Queensland’s response to the pandemic.

If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested: Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue, loss of smell and/or taste.

Call emergency services on 000 if you are very sick.


About the testing process

Testing for COVID-19 involves collecting nasal (inside your nose) or throat swabs, and/or sputum (mucus coughed up). These samples are then transferred to the nearest laboratory that is set up to test for COVID-19.

If you are tested for COVID-19 but aren't really sick, you will be sent home to self-isolate while you wait for the test results. This may take several days.

If you are really sick you may be admitted to hospital for treatment. If you become sicker while you are waiting for results, please contact your doctor or call an ambulance. Make sure you let them know you are waiting for test results for COVID-19.

If the result is positive: you will receive a call from a public health doctor or nurse who will tell you what to do next. If you are well enough to take care of yourself, you will need to stay at home in self-isolation until you recover. If you get sicker, you may be admitted to hospital in an isolation area.

If the result is negative: your doctor or the clinic that tested you may let you know. Depending on where you got tested, you may just receive an automated SMS. If you have been issued with a notice telling you to self-quarantine, you must stay in self-quarantine until the end date written on the notice, even if you get a negative result. This is because you may still develop COVID-19 infection.


 

Cairns North Community Health Centre

Address: 381 Sheridan St, Cairns, 4870

How to find us: Drive Through

Phone: 07 4226 4781

Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00 M-F (Excl. pub hols)

Booking needed: Yes

GP referral needed: -

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Only swab children over 14 years. Book appointment by phone. All patients screened again by the clinic staff over the phone using the up to date criteria. Must meet the criteria they will be given an appointment.


Sullivan Nicolaides REDLYNCH

Address: Shop 12B, 12 Larsen Rd, Redlynch, 4870

How to find us: Redlynch Central Shopping Centre

Phone: 4039 0499

Opening Hours: 07:00-17:30 M-F, 08:00-11:00 Sat

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Children 5-12 years, can be tested


Wuchopperen Respiratory Clinic

Address: 6 Moignard Street, Manoora, 4870

Phone: 07 4080 1068

Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00 M, T, T, F, 09:00 - 15:00 W

Booking needed: Yes

GP referral needed: -

Children tested: -

Notes: GP-led respiratory clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Book appointment by phone.

Link: https://www.wuchopperen.org.au/our-clinics


Cairns Hospital, Testing and Fever Clinic

Address: 165 Esplanade, Cairns, 4870

How to find us: ED Extension Clinic

Phone: 07 4226 0000

Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00 7 Days

Booking needed: Yes

GP referral needed: -

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Appointment only. Phone 4226 4781 for an appointment. (Please leave a message if the line is busy and you'll get a call back.)


Sullivan Nicolaides CAIRNS CBD

Address: 193-195 Abbott St, Cairns, 4870

Phone: -

Opening Hours: 07:00-14:00 M-F

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Children 5-12 years, can be tested


QML Cairns

Address: Cnr Florence and Grafton Street, Cairns, 4870

Phone: 07 4598 2605

Opening Hours: 06:30-18:30 M-F (Excl. pub hols)

Booking needed: -

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Bulk Billing Only


Sullivan Nicolaides WESTCOURT

Address: 318 Mulgrave Rd, Westcourt, 4870

Phone: -

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00 M-F

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Children 5-12 years, can be tested


Sullivan Nicolaides CAIRNS CBD

Address: Shop 112A, 1 McLeod St, Cairns, 4870

How to find us: Cairns Central Shopping Centre

Phone: -

Opening Hours: 08:30-12:30 M-F

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Children 5-12 years, can be tested


Sullivan Nicolaides SMITHFIELD

Address: Shop 22, 5 Faculty Cl, Smithfield, 4878

How to find us: Smithfield Campus Shopping Village

Phone: -

Opening Hours: 07:30-16:30 M-F, 08:00-11:00 Sat

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Children 5-12 years, can be tested


Southern Cairns Respiratory Clinic

Address: 14/600 Bruce Highway, Woree, 4868

How to find us: Enter from rear door.

Phone: 1300 411 748

Opening Hours: 08.30-12.30 M-F, 13:00-17:00 M-F

Booking needed: -

GP referral needed: -

Children tested: Yes


Mareeba Hospital

Address: 21 Lloyd Street, Mareeba, 4880

How to find us: Emergency Department

Phone: 07 4092 9333

Opening Hours: 08:30-16:00 7 Days

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: -

Children tested: Yes


Atherton Hospital

Address: Cnr Jack & Louise Street, Atherton, 4883

How to find us: Emergency Department

Phone: 07 4091 0502

Opening Hours: 08:30-16:30 7 Days

Booking needed: -

GP referral needed: -

Children tested: -


Sullivan Nicolaides WOREE

Address: Ground Floor, 2-6 Toogood Rd, Woree, 4868

Phone: (07) 4033 7545

Opening Hours: 08:00-14:00 M-F

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Children 5-12 years, can be tested


Sullivan Nicolaides TRINITY BEACH

Address: Coastwatchers Shopping Centre, 5-9 Rabaul St, Trinity Beach, 4879

How to find us: Trinity Beach Medical Centre

Phone: (07) 4057 4499

Opening Hours: 07:30-12:30 M-F

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Children 5-12 years, can be tested


Sullivan Nicolaides MT SHERIDAN

Address: Suite 2, 6-8 George Cannon Dr, Mount Sheridan, 4868

How to find us: Forest Gardens

Phone: (07) 4036 3117

Opening Hours: 08:00-16:00 M-F, 08:00-11:00 Sat

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Children 5-12 years, can be tested


Sullivan Nicolaides KURANDA

Address: 33 Barang St, Kuranda, 4881

How to find us: Kuranda Community Medical Centre

Phone: (07) 4093 9388

Opening Hours: 08:30-16:30 M-F

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: Yes

Children tested: Yes

Notes: Children 5-12 years, can be tested


Mossman Multi Purpose Health Service

Address: 9 Hospital Street, Mossman, 4873

How to find us: Emergency Department

Phone: 07 4084 1200

Opening Hours: 08:30-16:30

Booking needed: No

GP referral needed: -

Children tested: -­­