How to get a COVID test in Tamworth
If you have any of the following symptoms, please get a COVID swab as soon as possible:
- Sore throat
- Aches and pains
- Loss of taste or smell
How can I get a COVID test?
Laverty Drive Through
If you need to get a COVID swab you can do this without the need for an appointment or a referral form at the Laverty Drive Through clinic.
This is located at the Tamworth Minor League Park. Enter via Carter Street and proceed to the Plain Street car park.
Available Monday to Saturday.
For details visit the Laverty site here: https://www.laverty.com.au/patients/regional-covid-19-patient-information/
Douglass Hanly Moir
To get a COVID swab through Douglass Hanly Moir, you need to have a request form completed by a GP. Contact us at Barton Lane Practice and we can organise a phone or video consultation with one of our GPs. A request form will then be sent to Douglass Hanly Moir, which is at 199 Peel Street Tamworth.
Tamworth Respiratory Clinic
Tamworth Respiratory Clinic is at 255a Goonoo Goonoo Rd, Tamworth.
The purpose of the respiratory clinic is to assess, test and treat people with mild-to-moderate respiratory conditions, including COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia. Assessment appointments are ONLY for patients who have symptoms of fever or acute respiratory illness.
To book an appointment visit https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/tamworth-NSW-2340/tamworth-respiratory-clinic/doctors or call (02) 6768 3288
What do I do after my test?
After you have a COVID test you should go straight home, and self-isolate until you get your test result back. Often you will receive your result by SMS within 24-48 hours. However, if you do not receive your result within 48 hours, please contact the clinic where you were tested, or if your test was organised by us here at Barton Lane Practice, contact us.
While you are self-isolating it is important to keep a safe distance from other people, and do not have any visitors in your home. Try to clean places you touch often, avoid sharing a space with people at risk of more serious illness and wear a mask when in a room with other people.
What happens if you test positive for COVID-19
You will get a phone call from the Public Health Unit.
They will ask you questions about your health and give advice about what to do next.
If you require treatment in a hospital, any costs will be waived, even if you don’t have a Medicare card or insurance.
All information shared by you is private and confidential.
What questions will I be asked?
You will be asked about:
- your health and symptoms
- who you have seen recently. If these people are “close contacts” they will also be contacted
- if you have travelled recently
- if you need any support while self-isolating (this may include housing, food, financial services, mental health services, family and children services and disability services.)