Coronavirus Testing Now Offered At Patient First In Central Park

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — Patient First is now providing coronavirus testing at its Fredericksburg location at 3031 Plank Road in Central Park.

The test that is offered is the RT-PCR (reverse transcriptase – polymerase chain reaction) molecular diagnostic test. The test sample is collected at Patient First and is sent to a reference lab for testing.

Virus testing is by appointment-only. Testing appointments can be made online on Patient First’s website.

Results are typically available in less than three days. Patients will receive the test result via text message or through a phone call from a nurse. The option for how the patient would prefer to receive test results is determined during registration. The test result will also be available on the Patient First portal.

For most insured patients, there is no out-of-pocket expense for COVID-19 testing. The visit will be submitted to patients’ insurance. Patient First accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

For most self-pay patients, there is no out-of-pocket cost for the exam. There may be a separate bill from the outside lab in some cases. The lab determines what, if anything, it bills the patient.

COVID-19 antibody testing is also available at all Patient First centers on a walk-in basis.

All Patient First Medical Centers are open on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day for patients who have an urgent need for medical or injury care. Appointments are not needed for visits unrelated to COVID-19 virus testing.

In Virginia, COVID-19 virus testing is also available at the Patient First centers in Chantilly, Sterling, Gainesville, Lake Ridge, Leesburg, Alexandria and Fairfax.

This article originally appeared on the Fredericksburg Patch

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