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Coronavirus Update: What patients and families need to know

Referring a Patient for COVID-19 Drive Up/ Walk Up Specimen Collection

En Español

Children’s National Hospital has a drive up/walk up specimen collection site for coronavirus (COVID-19) at Trinity University located at 125 Michigan Ave NE Washington, D.C. Specimen collection is available only for pediatric patients up to age 22 as referred by their primary care physician. The site will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, Thursday, June 4 and Saturday, June 6 weather permitting.

NOTE: Patients will not see a provider or have an exam at the specimen collection site. It is collection only. If patients have moderate to severe COVID-19 illness and need a patient visit, they should be routed to the appropriate care environment (telemedicine visit, primary care or emergency department).

Specimens collected after May 30 will be processed by the Children’s Hospital Lab Medicine department. Therefore, consent forms and requisitions for specimen collection after that date will change. Staff will have extra forms on hand to ensure proper documentation. Please discontinue use of Quest requisitions after May 30.

Results will be returned to the referring pediatrician in approximately 7 business days via Gateway Portal or within the hospital's Cerner EMR. Applicable insurance will be billed for the service. No co-pays or deductibles will be collected at the site.

Steps for Referring a Patient for Drive Up/ Walk Up Specimen Collection

  1. Confirm via telehealth or remote connection that a pediatric patient requires testing
  2. Fill out the online COVID-19 referral form
    Submission of the form automatically triggers a confirmation email to the guardian and to you. The guardian will need to show this email on their phone to gain entry to the collection site. 
  3. Ensure necessary paperwork is filled out
    In order to ensure that all the paperwork is with the patient when they arrive at the test site, there are two options: either the physician completes the paperwork OR the guardian does.

If the physician is completing the paperwork:

  1. Fill out the online COVID-19 referral form
  2. After May 30, download and complete the Children’s National Lab Medicine Requisition Form
    Before May 30, download and complete the Quest Requisition Form
  3. Print two additional items: the consent (PDF) (English | Español) and the notice of privacy (PDF) (English | Español)
  4. Safely transfer the documents below to the parent:
    1. Completed requisition
    2. Consent
    3. Notice of privacy

If the patient is completing the paperwork:

  1. The email confirmation will include the referral as an attachment as well as instructions for completing the required documents. Parents will need your NPI and fax number on the requisition. That information will be included in the referral attachment.

Scheduling the Specimen Collection

To organize scheduling at the collection site, please select a date and time block to report to the collection site on the referral form and remind parents to bring the required papers.

Forms to Bring to the Drive Up/ Walk Up Specimen Collection Site

The parent/guardian will need to present these items in order to register at the specimen collection site:

  • Referral (can be shown on the phone)
  • Signed consent (paper)
  • Children's National COVID-19 test requisition (paper)
  • Valid photo ID

Please have the parent/guardian complete all paperwork prior to arriving at mobile site to optimize efficiency. They must have their referral and photo ID with them. Extra copies of the required signed consent form and test requisition will be available on site. Each patient must have their own packet, even if they are in the same family.

Your Responsibility Following the Test (After May 30 Specimen Collection)

*Children’s National Infection Control will report positive tests to the appropriate DOH

Your Responsibility Following the Test (Before May 30 Specimen Collection)

  • CHECK THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED DAILY FOR TEST RESULTS
  • Report the findings to the patient*
  • Provide clinical follow-up (find more information on our physician resources page)
  • Contact Quest at 1-800-272-3600 with account number 53002083 with questions

*Quest Laboratories will report positive tests to the appropriate DOH