Drive through testing Urgent care facility on Irby St. being used by MUSC Health
Urgent care facility on Irby St. being used by MUSC Health
As an extension of MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care online platform (musc.care), patients who need specimen collection for possible respiratory illness or “COVID-19-like” symptom screening now have access to the MUSC Health Florence Medical Center’s drive-through respiratory specimen collection site. The drive-through site is located at Doctors Care urgent care, 2200 South Irby St. Due to pandemics requiring close coordination on a local level, Doctors Care closed one of its Florence centers for the purpose of offering the property to MUSC Health as a collection site, understanding the logistical challenge of erecting such a site in the region on short notice. The Doctors Care center located on Hoffmeyer Road remains open for its usual services.
Those patients with specimen collection orders and a scheduled appointment will need to follow directional signage for entry into the secured site in the parking lot of Doctors Care’s South Irby location. MUSC Health staff, wearing appropriate CDC-recommended personal protective equipment, will quickly collect specimens from only those patients who have testing orders to be screened as “high risk” for respiratory illness, including possible exposure to COVID-19.
On March 7, MUSC Health launched access to free respiratory illness screenings using its virtual urgent care telehealth platform. Using the promo code (COVID19), patients can engage in a free online health care screening. There are no age restrictions on who can be screened, meaning both adult and pediatric patients can be screened through the online platform.
Although online screening is free, it is important to note that specimen collection available at the drive-through site and subsequent laboratory processing will be billed to patients’insurance providers or considered self-pay. As always, patients can access the MUSC Health financial assistance team if they encounter difficulties or barriers to payment. Patients will receive information about collection and testing procedures when they schedule their appointment, prior to their arrival at the collection site.