Helensburgh Respiratory Clinic


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working urgently alongside the NSW Department of Health to establish a testing facility for the virus.  Our Respiratory Clinic is a Commonwealth-funded and accredited by Department of Health, GP lead respiratory clinic offering testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The purpose of the respiratory clinic is to assess, test and diagnose mild-to-moderate respiratory conditions, including COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia. 

Good hygiene and social distancing are important behaviours we can adopt throughout the COVID-19 crisis - but testing is essential. 

NSW Health have requested that anyone who is unwell or has even mild flu-like symptoms, to arrange to be tested.

Current COVID-19 rules | NSW Government

Current isolation guidelines | NSW Government

Rapid antigen test | NSW Government

Covid Testing Clinic Opening Hours:
Everyday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Open on Queen's Birthday (Monday, 13 June)

Testing (Both PCR and Rapid Antigen Test) is free for eligible patients who are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Tiredness

  • Cough and Cold

  • Runny nose

  • Earache

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Sore throat 

  • Lack of smell

  • Joint pain

  • Muscle ache

  • Pneumonia

  • Shortness of breath

  • Tonsillitis

  • Sinusitis

  • Otitis Media (middle ear infections)

  • Diarrhoea

  • Nausea

It will also be free of charge to those who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

NSW Health have requested that anyone who is unwell or has even mild symptoms, to arrange to be tested through their local medical practitioner or one of the COVID-19 clinics.

Why is COVID-19 PCR testing so important? 

  • Gold standard and the most accurate diagnostic test for covid-19 infection.

  • Testing identifies those who are infected (even if they don’t have symptoms).

  • Those in contact with the infected person can be tested and isolated also (“Contact Testing”).

  • Testing will help to take the pressure off local emergency departments and local general practices, so that they can continue to safely care for severe cases as well as patients with non-respiratory related conditions.

  • Follow current NSW isolation guideline.

It is almost impossible to differentiate symptoms of Covid-19 from the flu and the common cold. Testing is vital for us to control the spread of the infection within the community, keep the curve flat and get our lives back to “normal” sooner.

Who can book a COVID-19 PCR test OR Rapid Antigen Test at our specialised clinic and what does it cost?

  • Respiratory Clinic is FREE for all patients with above symptoms.

  • No referral required.

  • Your GP may refer you to a Respiratory Clinic for testing to help reduce the risk of infection to other patients at your usual medical centre.

  • You can also self-refer to a Respiratory Clinic if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms


What to do if I have one of the symptom listed above and my Rapid Antigen Test returned negative?

We recommend to do PCR test.

Is rapid antigen test free for everyone?

Yes, it is free for everyone, just like PCR test.

How do I book?

  • Book online via HotDoc (click this link):

    • Step 1: Click on "Complete New Patient Form" button at the end of the HotDoc Appointment Confirmation page. Please fill out all information including mobile number, medicare no, etc.. before your appointment. Skip this step if you have been tested at our clinic​ OR If you have already registered online.

    • Step 2: Click on this Pathology Request link and fill out a short form. You will receive a SMS with a link after submitting the from. Please bring this SMS to check-in counter. You are required to do this step everytime you get tested at our clinic. 

  • Walk-in:

    • Step 1: Click on this Registration link. Please fill out all information including mobile number, medicare no, etc.. before your appointment. Skip this step if you have been tested at our clinic​ OR If you have already registered online.

    • Step 2: Click on this Pathology Request link and fill out a short form. You will receive a SMS with a link after submitting the from. Please bring this SMS to check-in counter. You are required to do this step everytime you get tested at our clinic. 

  • Please proceed to the white marquee at the back of our GP surgery via Gibbons Ln.

After your test

You must go straight home and self-isolate until you receive your result. You must follow current NSW self-isolation Rules.

PRC Test Results

  • If PCR test was performed by us, you will be notified results via a text message to the mobile number you provided at Step 2.

  • Expect to be notified within 2 to 4 days from time of testing.

  • You must follow current NSW self-isolation Rules.

Rapid Antigen Test Results

We will provide rapid antigen test result within 15min of your test.

Location and Direction

We are located at the back of Parkes Street General Practice. You will see white marquee at the back. Please DO NOT enter into our main GP surgery. Go straight to the white marquee at the back.

Address:129 Parkes Street, Helensburgh NSW 2508.


Is it safe to go there?

Yes – We have very strict safety measures in place and you will be required to follow our safety guidelines at the clinic.


Special instructions before your appointment

  • It is important that you only attend the clinic at your set appointment time, wait in your car until just before your appointment and maintain social distancing.

  • Please remember to bring your current Medicare Card if you have one, and your identification.

  • If possible please avoid public transport, maintain social distancing and wash your hands before you leave your house. If you have a surgical mask please wear this, if you do not please cover your mouth and nose with a cloth e.g. a scarf.

  • If you start experiencing severe symptoms, please call 000 immediately or attend your nearest hospital emergency department.

What happens during the COVID-19 assessment?

Firstly, you will have a consultation with a nurse or GP.  After this, a nurse/GP will conduct a COVID-19 assessment. Your clinician will then determine if you require testing or provide referral instructions. Testing for novel coronavirus typically involves collecting nasal or throat swabs, and mucus and blood samples, which are then sent to a laboratory for testing.  After your assessment, you will then be asked to self-quarantine while your test results come in.  If your symptoms get worse while you are waiting for your results, call an ambulance or go to your nearest emergency department and let them know that you are waiting for test results for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

If the result is positive, you will receive a call from a public health unit which will advise you what to do next which typically involves self-quarantine and monitoring. Our doctor will also contact you if your results come back negative.

Our Respiratory Clinic can provide these documents

The documents we can provide include that of scripts for respiratory related illness, PCR test result in SMS, Rapid Antigen test result and Medical certificates that cover the individual for the time they have off school/work. We are unable to present the person being tested with any kind of documentation that states they are fit to return to school/work. 

What does a negative COVID-19 PCR test result mean?
A negative result means that COVID-19 is unlikely to be the cause of someone's current symptoms.

However, a negative test result in someone who is well does not guarantee that they have not been infected as it may still be early in their illness.

Do I need to get retested for COVID-19 if I get symptoms again but my first test result was negative?
A negative test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing. However, that does not mean you will not get COVID-19. If you experience symptoms again, such as a fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat, change in taste or smell, stuffy nose or shortness of breath, get tested.

My PCR test was negative but I still have symptoms, what should I do?
COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. These are common in other viral respiratory infections.
When there are few cases of COVID-19 in your community, it is more likely that another respiratory virus is the cause of your symptoms. However, if your symptoms worsen, change, last longer than expected, or if you are concerned you should seek medical advice. Please consult with your regular doctor via phone. Your doctor will assess your risk and will consider a number of factors including:
• your history, symptoms and possible exposures, 
• the number of COVID-19 cases in the local community, and 
• the setting where you live, work or visit.
On the basis of that assessment, your doctor may ask you to have another COVID-19 test. While you are unwell you should stay home until your acute symptoms resolve.

COVID-19 Testing for International Travel

Please contact Laverty directly if you have any questions relating to International Travel.


If you have any question regarding Covid 19 or Covid 19 vaccine please call these number:

Covid19 Hotline 1800 020 080, Public Health Unit 1300 066 055 or Consult with your regular GP.

Useful Links

The latest case numbers and statistics on coronavirus disease in NSW: click here

Latest COVID-19 latest news and case locations in NSW: click here

What you must do if you are required to self-isolate, or you have been tested for or diagnosed with COVID-19, or been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19: click here

NSW Health self isolation guidelines for people suspected to have COVID‑19 infection: Click here

NSW Health COVID-19 self isolation guidelines and information: Click here

You must self-isolate if:

  • you have COVID-19

  • you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19

  • you are a returned traveller exempt from hotel quarantine

  • you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results.

COVID-19 testing clinics: