Community Testing Centres | Northland DHB

Community Testing Centres

Updated 5 April 2020

A COVID-19 Community Based Testing Centre is for testing all people who have symptoms of COVID-19.

Who should get tested?

Anyone with acute respiratory infection and at least one of the following symptoms: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, head cold, loss of sense of smell with or without fever will be tested for COVID-19. 

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.  Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.

To get coronavirus from someone requires close contact. This is why when people are waiting to be tested they are advised to observe social distancing; this means that each family or person stands around two meters away from another person.

Please feel free to wait in your car.  A staff member will let you know when it is your turn.

The staff we have moving around to support people while they wait are not with anyone person long enough to be at risk of catching COVID-19.

Our staff members who are taking the swabs for testing are wearing full PPE – a mask, gloves, gowns, and eye protection which is the same protection we advise in primary care.

Patients are given written advice about when to expect their results and what to do next. Most results will be sent out via text message, with other options available to people who don’t have a mobile phone. We expect the test results to take 5 days to be available.

Communities have access to Community Testing Centres across the rohe.  Locations include Kaitaia Hospital, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Kawakawa, Rawene, Whangarei and Dargaville. Centres will be open Monday to Friday as per the table below.


Venue Location

Type of Venue



 27 Okara Drive

Semenoff Stadium


Monday to Friday

09:00 - 16:00



Awakino Road – Dargaville

 Portacom at the rear of Outpatients

Monday to Friday

09:00 - 16:00 

 Far North

Kaitaia Hospital

29 Redan Road Kaitaia

Whare at front of the hospital

Monday to Friday

09:00 - 16:00

Mid North 

Kerikeri - Turner Centre

43 Cobham Road


  Monday to Friday

09:00 - 16:00



16 Mangakahia Road, Kaikohe

Te Runanga A Iwi Ngapuhi 

Monday to Friday

08:30 - 16:00



Hospital Rd - Kawakawa

Portacom at Bay of Islands Hospital site

Monday to Friday

09:00 - 16:00 



Honey Street, behind the Hospital

 Dental Caravan at Hospital

Monday to Friday

10:00 - 14:00























Prevention – how to protect yourself and others

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.


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