CHAOS across the Gold Coast as thousands search for open testing clinics

Mass confusion on the Gold Coast again this morning as thousands of people try to navigate testing clinics.

Private pathology provider 4Cyte has been forced to close several locations on the Gold Coast this week despite motorists lining up as early as 3.00 am in the hopes the clinics might open.

According to the 4Cyte website, the clinics on Ferry Road in Southport, Price Street in Nerang, Franklin Drive in Mudgeeraba, Olsen Avenue in Arundel, Galleon Way in Currumbin, Worongary Road in Gilston, Curtis Street in Pimpama and Ferny Avenue in Surfers Paradise are all closed.


These are the opening times listed for all of the above sites on the 4Cyte website this morning.

4Cyte website

The only 4Cyte location open today is expected to be Helensvale, but queues were already back to Brisbane Road around 7.00 am.

On the Queensland Health website, which has previously marked all of the 4Cyte locations as testing options, only a couple of sites remain.

QLD Health testing locations

The only locations that Queensland Health can confirm are open today are the Gold Coast University Hospital and the Robina Health Precinct, which are both walk in options.

They’ll open from 9.00 am and continue testing right through the day.

However, lines are often cut off if they reach capacity before the end of the day, with people urged to get in early.

The QML Pathology site at the Smith Collective opened at 7.00 am, with a long queue that began forming before 3.00 am.

The Stadium Drive location in Robina caused further dramas yesterday morning by closing early, despite saying that it would reopen.

According to the QML website, that location is expected to be closed again today, January 5.

There’s also a drive through centre opening at the Mudgeeraba Showgrounds today from 8.00 am. That’s operated by Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology.