• Patrick McBride

Covid-19 Testing for Greymouth

With the influx of visitors expected on the Coast this weekend, the West Coast DHB is setting up a COVID-19 testing centre on the Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre campus in Greymouth.

The pop up COVID-19 testing centre will be open from Friday 13 November for three days, between 11.00am until 1.00pm each day,” says David Smith, Manager of Integrated Services – Southern.

“We will be here for anyone with symptoms to pop in and get tested over those three days. While we believe the risk of community transmission is still low, we are expecting an influx of people visiting the Coast from all around New Zealand,” Mr Smith says.

Come off High Street, over the bridge and you will see the pop-up testing centre immediately to your left alongside our stores building. Follow the instructions at the site.

“Anyone who develops symptoms over the weekend can attend our pop-up testing centre, but it is advisable that they self-isolate during this time. The average turn around for COVID-19 test results is within 48 hours with results provided by general practice teams.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

A new or worsening cough

Sore throat

Runny nose


Temporary loss of smell

Difficulty breathing.

If you or someone in your whānau have any of these symptoms, please call your own general practice team or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice (a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available) – they will explain what to do. You can also visit www.covid19.govt.nz.

“If you are out and about this weekend, remember the usual public health precautions such as good cough and sneeze etiquette, hand hygiene and physical distancing (wherever possible stay two metres away from people you don’t know, and one metre away from people you do know) practices apply,” Mr Smith says.

If you have the COVID-19 Tracer app installed on your phone or device, please scan the QR code each time you visit somewhere new. This helps make contact tracing easier. As always, if you are unwell please stay at home.