Your practitioner has referred you to have a test for coronavirus (Covid -19).
What happens next:
If you have been instructed or recommended to have a PCR test for COVID-19
Please contact the Geraldton Respiratory Clinic on 9965 8100. They will test you for Covid-19.
You will then need to go home and isolate until you get your results back. You may need to continue isolating depending on your most recent travel arrangements or if you return a positive result.
If you have been instructed or recommended to have a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for COVID-19
Please ask someone to obtain the testing kit for you – do not attend public places to purchase this yourself. If you have a kit available at home, then this is suitable for use.
If you receive a positive RAT, this MUST be reported. It can be reported here: https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/COVID19-testing/Rapid-Antigen-Test. If you are unable to do this online, please call: 13 COVID (13 26843)
For all patients instructed or recommended to have a test for COVID-19 – please following the below isolation instructions.
Isolation instructions and resources
It is of up most importance that outside of attending for your test that you remain isolated at home until your test results are given to you, even if you are feeling well.
When travelling home to start isolation use personal transport, such as a car, to minimise exposure to others. If you need to use public transport (e.g. taxis, ride-hail services, trains, buses and trams), follow the precautions outlined in the public transport guide at www.health.gov.au/covid19-resources.
The government have a series of guidelines for the public to follow for different scenarios and exposure. These can be found here: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/covid-19-coronavirus-testing-and-isolation-guide
During isolation, you must stay at home and don’t go to public places including work, school, childcare, university or public gatherings. Only people who usually live with you should be in the home. Do not see visitors. If you are in a hotel, avoid contact with other guests or staff.
If you are well, there is no need to wear surgical masks at home. Ask others who are not in isolation to get food and necessities for you. If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask and follow mask mandates and rules within the community.
Do not leave the house without access to a mask.
For more information about when to wear a mask, visit: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus
Please call your medical practice with any questions.