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Testing

Contact a doctor

If you are sick and think you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), seek medical attention.

You should call ahead to your doctor or emergency department so they can prepare appropriate infection control measures.

All people in the Territory can access free testing, including those who are ineligible for Medicare.

If your symptoms are serious, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, call 000 for urgent medical help. If you are in quarantine, make sure to inform the call handler.

Who needs testing

In the Territory, anyone with the following symptoms can access testing for coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • a recent, acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat)
  • a fever or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills).

If you are not displaying these symptoms then you don't need to be tested for coronavirus.

Testing facilities

If you think you might need to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), contact your GP via phone for advice.

Your GP may be able to test you for coronavirus at their clinic/practice or you may be directed to a special testing facility.

If you can't contact your GP, contact your nearest respiratory clinic or call the NT COVID-19 hotline on 1800 008 002.

Darwin and Palmerston region

Respiratory clinics in the Darwin and Palmerston region conducting testing for coronavirus include:

  • the Respiratory Clinic at Palmerston GP Super Clinic
  • Danila Dilba Health Service

Do not turn up to either of these clinics without an appointment.

Access to the Pandemic Clinic at Royal Darwin Hospital and the drive-through testing clinic at the Howard Springs facility is by appointment only through the NT Centre for Disease Control.

Please call 1800 008 002 to discuss your need for an appointment.

Nhulunbuy

Do not go directly to the clinic. You must have an appointment to be screened.

Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 3:30pm - call 0476 828 005 to book an appointment and to receive further instructions for testing.

Katherine

Katherine Pandemic Clinic is a drive-through facility at Katherine Hospital.

Do not go directly to the clinic. You must have an appointment to be screened.

If you are feeling unwell, you should call 1800 008 002 to discuss and receive advice about the need for an appointment.

Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek Hospital - call ahead on 08 8962 4399.

Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation.

Alice Springs and Central Australia

Alice Springs Respiratory Clinic – phone 08 7999 6100 to book an appointment.

Central Clinic and Mall Medical can carry out testing.

You must phone to make an appointment. If you are very unwell you should go to the Alice Springs Hospital Emergency Department.

Central Australia Aboriginal Congress. You must phone ahead to make testing arrangements.

After testing

It may take a few days for the test results to come back.

If you have serious symptoms, you will be kept in hospital and isolated from other patients to prevent the virus spreading.

If your doctor says you are well enough to go home while you wait for your test results, you should do all of the following:

  • quarantine at home and do not attend work or school
  • do not share a room with anyone else in your household
  • wash your hands often with soap and water
  • cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • avoid cooking for or caring for other members of your household
  • wear the mask your doctor gives you if you can't avoid close contact with other people.

If your test is positive

If your test is positive, the NT Centre for Disease Control will let you know next steps for isolation and treatment.

Appropriate supervision and support will be provided.