Information for Patients
What if I have symptoms of COVID?
Symptoms you should be watching out for are:
Temperature over 37.5 C
Sore or itchy throat
Shortness of breath
When to do a PCR or a Rapid Antigen Test
The rules about when to get a PCR (nose and throat swab) test have changed.
Most people can now use a rapid antigen test to confirm they are positive for COVID-19.
You should do a rapid antigen test if you’re:
• feeling sick with COVID symptoms
• a contact of a positive case
• planning to attend a gathering or visit a vulnerable person
• a worker, resident, patient, or client in a high-risk setting where there is a current outbreak
• going into hospital for a procedure (if the hospital requires it)
• entering NSW from overseas.
You only then need to confirm your positive rapid antigen test with a PCR test if you are:
more than 20 weeks pregnant
an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
unvaccinated – 16 years and over
a worker, resident, patient, or client in a high-risk setting (such as healthcare, aged care, disability care, and correctional facilities) where there is not a current confirmed outbreak.
asked to by a registered medical practitioner.
Getting tested for COVID-19 Fact Sheet (nsw.gov.au)
If you are wanting to speak with one of our doctors our receptionists are able book you in either for a phone or telehealth consult.
Please note the cost of the phone call consultation may not be covered by Medicare.
Your options will most likely include:
Stay at home until you are feeling better if it is deemed there is no risk of COVID
Get tested for COVID (your doctor will explain how to go about this)
See a doctor or respiratory clinic if you sound unwell
Attend hospital emergency department if you become very unwell.