The Bay of Plenty District Health Board have set up pop up Covid-19 testing stations around the city as demand for testing surges.
BOPDHB Covid-19 Incident Controller Trevor Richardson says teams are experiencing unprecedented demand for testing.
“They are working long hours processing thousands of tests as quickly as possible but, if you’ve had a test, it’s important to know there may be some delays in receiving your results,” says Trevor.
“We are asking for your understanding and patience while you wait please.”
As well as Covid-19 test results there may also be delays experienced for other regular laboratory testing, again due to the current high demand being placed on the system, he says.
For people who have not received their test result after five days, a BOPDHB Swab Results line has been set up on 0800 225 449. This will be manned between the hours of 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Those that haven’t had a test result after five days can call this number.
“If it is less than five days, and you have not been contacted, it is likely that your test result is not back yet and we would ask you to continue to wait please,” says Trevor.
Additional pop-up testing locations
- Mount Maunganui Sports Centre (Corner of Maunganui and Hull Roads) – 10am-4pm Tuesday
- Tauranga Racecourse - 10am–4pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
- Tauranga Central (100 First Avenue Drive-through accessed via carpark next to Noel Leeming on Second Ave) - 8am–4pm Tuesday to Friday
- Baypark (81 Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui) 11am-6pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
- Med Central Portacom, 52B King St, Whakatāne - 10am–4pm, Tuesday–Friday
A full list of Bay of Plenty testing locations can be found here.