Testing for COVID-19

Getting assessed for COVID-19

CBAC promo 22 July 2020If you have flu-like symptoms, a cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing or loss of sense of smell, you should be tested for COVID-19 at the community based assessment centre (CBAC) on the Whanganui Hospital campus. 


The CBAC is open 8am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 1pm. 


If you are visiting your general practice and it’s more convenient to be assessed there, this is also an option. Please make contact with them. 


General practices (GPs) in Raetihi, Taihape, Bulls and Marton can assess their rural communities – please ring first.


Note: If you have the above symptoms and are at a higher risk because of recent contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19; recent overseas travel; direct contact with overseas travellers (e.g. staff working at the borders and in managed isolation facilities); worked on an aircraft or vessel on international routes; or cleaned at an international airport or port in areas visited by people arriving from abroad, you MUST self-isolate while awaiting your COVID-19 test results.  


If you need medication, the person prescribing it will send your prescription electronically to your pharmacy and can arrange a delivery. You can also phone your pharmacy from home to discuss how you will arrange to get your medication.


How do I get my results if I have been tested for COVID-19?   


If your result comes back positive, you will be contacted by the Whanganui Public Health Unit directly. If your test is negative (clear of having COVID-19), you will be contacted by your general practice.





Updated 28 May 2020