COVID test

COVID-19 Test – PCR and RAT

Last updated 11/3/2022 – Press refresh or F5 to see the latest page

 

Glenfield Medical Centre will remain open throughout the COVID pandemic to look after our patients, but we will NEED YOUR HELP to ensure we can continue providing care to those who need them the most. To ensure our staff and phone lines remain accessible to critically ill patients, we would like patients seeking information to use our website as much as possible, or call the COVID-19 health advice line 0800 358 5453.

COVID Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

From 24/2/2022, GP clinics can start providing supervised RATs. However this is more labour and time consuming for us, and we can only provide RATs for people who need assistance and not capable of doing it themselves at home. If you are capable of doing it yourself at home, unsupervised RATs can be ordered online Request a RAT | Ministry of Health NZ (covid19.health.nz) and are available at the community testing centres, our local ones are Northcote (16-18 College Road) and Albany (North Harbour Stadium, entry Stadium Drive). See instruction on how to do a RAT: Test yourself for COVID-19 with our rapid antigen self-test – YouTube.

Currently due to high volumes of testing in Auckland, free funded COVID tests are restricted only to people with symptoms, are household contact to a positive case, prior to surgery or directed by a health order. Supervised RATs can be booked by ringing our reception 09 444 5911. Our reception will collect details about your symptoms, any known contacts or other reasons for the test. Please note these are brief TEST ONLY appointments, and are done by our doctors at the end of their morning and afternoon sessions.

If you require examination or consultation, please book an appointment in the usual way by phone 09 444 5911 or online via ManageMyHealth.

After the supervised RAT is done, you can go home and we will contact you in the next hour to inform you of your result. If you have a positive RAT, you no longer need to have a confirmation PCR test, see COVID positive – What to do.

People with symptoms should stay home until you receive your negative result and your symptoms have resolved. Household contacts are required to isolate home for the same 7 day period together with the positive case, and get a screening COVID test on day 3 and day 7. Close contacts are no longer required to isolate, but to get a test if symptoms develop.

See here for more detailed information about timing of isolation and tests. Also see COVID-19: Information for Household and Close Contacts | Ministry of Health NZ.

If you did your RAT elsewhere and need to register your result, you can self-report it on My COVID Record, or call 0800 222 478 and press option 3. See instruction How to report a rapid antigen test (RAT) in My Covid Record – YouTube.

COVID PCR test

At Glenfield Medical Centre we provide the COVID PCR tests for our enrolled patients, their family and household members only. Currently due to high volumes of testing in Auckland, free funded COVID tests are restricted only to people with symptoms, are household contact to a positive case, prior to surgery or directed by a health order.

This can be booked by ringing our reception 09 444 5911. Our reception will collect details about your symptoms, any known contacts or other reasons for the test. Please note these are brief TEST ONLY appointments, and are done by our doctors at the end of their morning and afternoon sessions.

If you require examination or consultation, please book an appointment in the usual way by phone 09 444 5911 or online via ManageMyHealth.

People with symptoms should stay home until you receive your negative result and your symptoms have resolved. Household contacts are required to isolate home for the same 7 day period together with the positive case, and get a screening COVID test on day 3 and day 7. Close contacts are no longer required to isolate, but to get a test if symptoms develop.

See here for more detailed information about timing of isolation and tests. Also see COVID-19: Information for Household and Close Contacts | Ministry of Health NZ.

Currently the COVID PCR test results are returning within 2 days.

COVID PCR test for international travel

Pre-departure COVID PCR tests are not funded. Most countries require this to be done within 48 or 72 hours before departure.

To book, please email us admin@glenfieldmc.co.nz your travel details and itinerary, so that we can work out when the best time this should be. Ideally also include a photo of your passport photo page or bring it during your appointment, because we need to exact match the name for the report. If you have multiple passports, it should be the one you use to enter your destination country.

If we determine the best time is over the weekend, we recommend you enquire with Northcare off Constellation Drive, Albany.

1 person $241      ($353.50 to China) 15 minutes appointment
2 people $382      ($607 to China) 15 minutes appointment
3 people $523      ($860.50 to China) 15 minutes appointment
4 people $764      ($1214 to China) 30 minutes appointment
5 people $905      ($1467.50 to China) 30 minutes appointment
For travelers to China, the higher price is due to the IgM antibody blood test which is $112.50 per person

Update 15/2/2022: Due to high volume from Omicron outbreak, to guarantee results in time Labtests now requires all pre-departure COVID test be delivered to Mt Wellington 37-41 Carbine Road, Mon-Sat 9:30am to 2pm, Sun 9:30am to 12noon. See Labtests website

When the result is available, you must come and pick up a physical copy of the report at reception. We will also email you a copy.

Community Testing Centres

If you are able to do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) yourself at home, you can get one from one of the drive thru community testing centres. Free funded COVID tests are restricted only to people with symptoms, are household or close contact, prior to surgery or directed by a health order. See instruction on how to do a RAT: Test yourself for COVID-19 with our rapid antigen self-test – YouTube.

For more information and the most up to date list, see Community testing centres | NRHCC COVID-19 – Northern Region.

Location Centre Name Operating Hours Referral Process
NORTH

NORTHCOTE COMMUNITY TESTING CENTRE

16-18 College Road, Northcote.
Corner of College Road and Kilham Avenue. Entrance via College Rd

Everyday
6:30am – 6:30pm
Walk-In / Drive Thru
NORTH

NORTH HARBOUR STADIUM POP-UP COMMUNITY TESTING CENTRE

Access via Carpark C. Entrance via Oteha Valley Road. Stadium Drive, Carpark B, Albany.

 

Mon to Fri
8:30am – 4:30pm

Sat & Sun
8:30am – 2:30pm

Walk-In / Drive Thru

Suitable for medium trucks to park, occupants Walk-In

NORTH

WARKWORTH POP-UP COMMUNITY TESTING CENTRE

77 Morrison Drive, Warkworth

Everyday
9:30am – 4:30pm

Cars Drive Thru. Trucks please park on road, occupants drive

Walk-In. 

 

Close Contact Exemption Scheme

On 10/2/2022 this scheme was announced to provide a way for critical workers to continue working even if deemed a household or close contact of a COVID-19 case. You must be vaccinated, asymptomatic and return a negative RAT prior to the start of each day/shift during your isolation period. However this only allows you to work, but not to go anywhere else like supermarket.

See if you would qualify Testing and isolation requirements for businesses during Omicron — business.govt.nz
To register to use the scheme Business Connect

Critical Healthcare Worker Test to Return Scheme

During the Omicron outbreak, it is recognised that health service provision will be substantially compromised due to staff absence from Omicron infection or exposure. The Test to Return scheme aims to allow critical health workers to continue/return to work earlier safely, while minimising the risk of transmission. However this only allows them to work, but not to go anywhere else like supermarket.

Critical health workers who had a high risk exposure or are household members of a positive case, they can continue working as long as they:

  1. Remain symptom free
  2. Have a negative RAT before each shift for 7 days (or 10 days if household contact)
  3. Correctly using a well-fitted fluid resistant medical mask AT ALL TIMES (will have to eat outside)

Critical health workers who are COVID positive, they have to isolate for a minimum of 5 days. After that, they can return to work if they:

  1. Are symptom free or mild improving symptoms
  2. Have a negative RAT test for 2 consecutive days (RAT should start on day 5, and if day 6 RAT also negative they can work on day 6)
  3. Correctly using a well-fitted fluid resistant medical mask AT ALL TIMES (will have to eat outside)

For more detailed information, see Guidance for critical health services during an Omicron outbreak | Ministry of Health NZ and Summary Table.