Testing for Covid-19

Getting assessed for Covid-19


If 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. 


Whanganui community based assessment centre (CBAC) 


The Whanganui Hospital campus CBAC, 100 Heads Road, is open every Monday to Friday, 8am to 3.30pm. 


Outside these times, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or go to Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM), 8am to 9pm.


This is a drive-in/walk-in service. There is no charge and no need for an appointment.


For after hours service, call Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM) on 06 348 1300. WAM is open 8am to 9pm.


Getting tested at your GP


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 ahead of your visit. 


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.


Further information is available by calling Healthline on 0800 3585453.