Otara COVID-19 Testing Station
04 April 2020
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Community Testing Station has been set up to test anyone who have symptoms of COVID-19 and people who have travelled overseas in the last two weeks or think they have been exposed to COVID-19.
The testing station is for testing only and will not be providing medical care or assessment. If you are feeling unwell call your doctor for an appointment or contact Healthline free on 0800 611 116 if you don’t have a family doctor for advice.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a recently discovered coronavirus.
The most common symptoms include a fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some people who become infected don't develop any symptoms or feel unwell.
The severity of Covid-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe.
Symptoms of COVID-19
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a cough
- a high temperature (at least 38°C)
- shortness of breath.
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. However, infections with mild symptoms such as cold-like symptoms or no symptoms are likely, but it’s not known how common this is.
South Auckland Testing Stations
Communities have access to Community Testing Centres across the country.
South Auckland Community Assessment Centres below:
MANGERE: Local Doctors Airport Oaks, 149a Kirkbride Road
TAKANINI: Takanini Convid Tsting Centre, 106 Great South Road
PUKEKOHE: Pukekohe Family Health Centre, 10 West Street
WIRI: The Whanau Ora Community Clinic, 25 Druces Road
OTARA: South Seas Healthcare, 14 Fair Mall
Otara Testing Station Hours of operation
Monday to Friday – 8.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday – 8.00am to 4.00pm
What to do when you arrive
If you drive in, stay in your car and wait. A staff member will let you know when it is your turn.
People walking to the testing station need to adhere to the physical distancing rule; you must be at least two metres away from anyone else, with no hugging, kissing, hand shaking or any form of physical contact.
Basic measures to protect yourself and those in your bubble
- Cough or sneeze into your crooked 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) and dry thoroughly.
- 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, hugging, handshakes and sharing cups or food with sick people.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs, remote controls, fridge handles and computer keyboards.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
Treat people with respect. Remember to replace a handshake with a smile, wave or a nod and avoid public gatherings, restrict using public transport and isolate yourself from large crowds. The goal is to avoid a large-scale community spread of the virus.
Anyone struggling with the lockdown is advised to call or text 1737 to discuss any mental health issues.
Keep checking the Unite against COVID-19 website www.covid19.govt.nz to get the latest information and advice from the Government.
Call the dedicated Healthline number for COVID-19 health advice and information on 0800 358 5453 if you have Covid-19 symptoms or you have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19. It is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If it’s a medical emergency, including chest pain or tightness, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding or bleeding that won’t stop, sudden weakness or difficulty talking, fainting or unconsciousness, call 111.
Call your GP before your visit. Do not turn up without letting anybody know you are coming in advance. This puts yourself and others at risk.
South Seas Healthcare
Physical address: 14 Fair Mall, Auckland 2023
Phone: 09 273 9017
Clinic opening hours
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm
Public Holidays: CLOSED
For After Hours Weekend and Holidays:
East Tamaki Healthcare, 160 Bairds Road, Otara
Phone: 09 274 3414
and East Care Health, 260 Botany Road, Botany
Phone: 09 277 1516