Due to social distancing and lowered occupancy, our lobby will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Please stand on designated markers and wait to be called into an exam room. If the rooms are all occupied then you will be asked to remain in your car until an exam room opens up. While these extra measures may be frustrating they are for the benefit of everyone's health and safety.
These are strange and confusing times but YOUR health and safety has always been, and always will be, our number one priority!
The new Texas Medical Board Rule 22 TAC §190.8(2)(U) (adopted 4/30/2020) states a mask must be worn by both the patient and provider while in the office at all times. This is, of course, in the best interest of everyone to continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We will be in the office to assist the community with all health care needs during regular business hours. We also have our very popular virtual clinic option! Make an appointment online at https://expressfamilyclinic.com/virtual-clinic.
So what's the difference between the serologic tests and the tests done in the lab? Let me help break it down for you!
What is PCR testing?
PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on. This test will test for ACTIVE or CURRENT infection.
What is serologic testing?
Serology tests use a patients blood, serum, or plasma to identify the presence of IgM and IgG antibodies. Serology testing allows determination of active infection and whether someone has built up an immunity to the virus based on past exposure. Serology tests are not very effective at identifying infection in the pre-symptomatic or early symptomatic stages. The presence of IgG means that the patient has mounted an immune response following exposure to the virus. Typically, IgG peaks at 14-21 days. This test will test for PAST infection.
Antibody testing ($75) and PCR testing ($150) is available at all locations WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. Only the Spring location has drive up appointments for PCR testing.
(1) Drive up PCR testing is going to be available by appointment only at our Spring location. All locations are currently testing in office.
(2) Drive up appointments must be made in advance.
(3) The cost of the test is $150.00 and is due AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. We are requiring payment prior to the scheduled appointment to avoid contact as much as possible. We DO NOT bill insurance, but we will email you a receipt that you can file with your insurance carrier for reimbursement. Call your carrier for details about reimbursement.
(4) If you are a new patient, you will need to fill out an EFC Patient Information Form found here. This must be completed and returned by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to our office before your appointment.
(5) According to the CDC, most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing). Priorities for testing include:
(1) The provider will call you the day before your test and review your symptoms as well as give detailed instructions about the testing procedure. The test is a self-administered nasal sample.
(2) At the time of your appointment you will pull up to the clinic (Spring clinic located on Rayford Rd) and park in the designated testing space. A member of our staff will come out to provide you with the collection materials and instructions on obtaining a good specimen. It is imperative that you follow these instructions closely to ensure to the best of our ability that we are keeping our staff safe from contamination and potential exposure.
(3) The specimens will be sent to our partnered private lab the day of collection. Results are expected within 3-8 business days. You will be notified by phone of your results. The results of the test DO NOT change current treatment recommendations. The results of the test will be for informational and reporting purposes only.
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**Express Family Clinic (EFC) makes no guarantees or representations regarding the quality and results of the tests offered. Patient assumes the risk and liability of entering a potentially contaminated area in which to participate in testing and holds EFC harmless from any damage or injuries that occur as a result of such entry. EFC will make its best efforts to communicate results with patients in the timeline provided above, however, shall be held harmless if the delay is a result of the lab's turnaround time to process.**