Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza, and include fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing. Having any of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19, however if you have these symptoms you may have Coronavirus and should have a swab to confirm.
If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 please make an appointment with one of our Doctors, or phone our Nurse to discuss. We keep up-to-date with the latest information from the Ministry of Health and, depending on their current recommendations, will either assess you and undertake required investigations at our clinic, or provide advice and referral for testing and assessment at a designated testing station. If you have queries you can also telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 (or +6493585453 for international SIMS). This is a dedicated Coronavirus support line, and is staffed by health professionals who can answer questions and provide free advice, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Interpreters are available via this phone line.
The Ministry of Health has created a dedicated webpage with COVID-19 specific health advice for the general public - to access it please click on the following link: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus. This webpage provides comprehensive information including latest advice; countries and areas of concern; face mask and hygiene advice; accurate media updates, and a questions and answers section.
If you are concerned that you may have Coronavirus, it is important that you do not enter any medical facility without making prior phone contact. To do so may expose other people to Coronavirus unnecessarily. Instead please phone our medical centre directly to book an appointment or discuss with the nurse, or you can contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453. You will be given advice regarding the safest plan for yourself and others.