Getting tested

COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms from a mild cold to pneumonia.

If your child is experiencing:

  • Fever (>37.5C) or have a recent history of fever (e.g. night sweats or chills) with no known source
  • Acute respiratory symptoms, including a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose
  • Acute loss of smell or taste

You need to get tested. You can get do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or a PCR test.

In the community

Find out more about testing in the community on Healthy WA.

Testing at CAHS and PCH

Testing for COVID-19 is currently required for some children and visitors before entering Perth Children's Hospital and some CAHS sites. This currently done by Rapid Antigen Test using a nasal swab. Find out who needs to have a RAT under our current restrictions.

Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

A Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is a quick and easy way to find out if you or your child has COVID-19, sometimes before symptoms appear.

You or your child might be required to take a RAT at one our sites or hospitals. They are simple and quick to do and not as invasive as PCR nasal swab.

How does it work?

The tests at our sites are nasal swabs.

  1. A sterile swab is inserted about 2 to 3 centimetres into the nose to get a sample. It might be a bit unpleasant or tickle, but doesn't hurt.
  2. After the swab is taken, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get a result. You can wait in the testing area or go for a walk (you will be called when your results are in).

If the test is negative, you can go to your appointment.

If the test is positive, the staff member will discuss what happens next. It will depend on your child's clinical need as to whether we would provide treatment or care with extra safety precautions or if we reschedule or switch to a telehealth appointment.

Visit NSW Health for instructions on 15 minute Rapid Antigen Tests in multiple languages

Helping kids prepare to be tested

It is normal for kids and adults to be scared of taking a nasal swab.

Here's how you can make them easier and more comfortable for you and your child:

Last Updated: 24/03/2022