COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing in MidCentral DHB

Last updated on 4 March 2022

Anyone who has been identified as a contact of a case of COVID-19, or who has visited a place of interest at the specific date(s) and time(s) (external website) , or those with cold or flu-like symptoms should contact their GP, the COVID-19 Healthline, or present to a community testing centre.

Please be aware that there may be a wait to get a test, and our team wishes to thank everyone for their patience and support as we work through those who need testing.

There are now several places you can access COVID-19 tests depending on your needs.
  • If you are feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, you have been asked to take a test by a medical professional or you are immunocompromised, you can visit one of our Community Testing Sites where you will see a medical professional and be provided with a RAT or a PCR test for FREE. No appointment required
  • If you are feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, you can make an appointment with your GP or other healthcare provider for a FREE RAT and PCR test and medical advice. If you cannot see your normal GP or healthcare provider - please see a list of providers who take casual patients here: (external website)
  • If you have mild symptoms of COVID-19, you are a household contact or you are a critical worker, you can now pre-order a FREE RAT test. Click here to find out more: (external website) . Once you have ordered your test, you can collect the test from a Community Collection Site to do at home. Please see more information about where to collect your order here: (external website)
  • If you require a negative RAT test for travel or to access the NZ Courts, and you DON’T have symptoms of COVID-19 you can visit some pharmacies for a FREE Supervised Rapid Antigen test.  Please see more information here: (external website)
  • If you would like a RAT test for another reason, for example - attending a social event, RATs are now available to purchase from some retail stores. Talk to your local pharmacy or search online for a store.

Alongside this testing site you may be able to receive a test from your local pharmacy or GP.  For more information about testing sites available in the MidCentral rohe, please visit (external website)