Who: Pediatric and adult patients with CF
What: A drive-thru option for throat swab cultures
Where: John Wall Drive Collection Site, 3819 John Wall Drive, Madison, WI 53704 - UW Health COVID-19 testing site in east Madison
Why: To offer an additional throat swab testing option for patients that will be having telemedicine/video appointments
Steps to schedule:
Call your CF clinic to set up an appointment
Receive site instructions from scheduling team
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Throat swab cultures at the drive-thru testing site are available by appointment only and must be coordinated with your CF Care team. Appointments are available 7 days per week. Please contact your CF clinic via MyChart or phone for more information on drive-thru testing and scheduling options.
This drive-thru site option was developed by your CF care team, infectious disease specialists, clinic and testing site management, lab personnel and nurses.
Drive-thru swab collection is also being done at other CF centers across the country during the pandemic.
Collection occurs at the UW Health COVID-19 testing drive-thru site. The development team and your CF providers feel that it is safe for CF patients to have throat swabs done here.
System designed for minimal contact with the patient
By appointment only with set number of appointment slots to limit number of patients/vehicles at site at any time
Strict infection control practices are followed. Suits are cleaned and gloves changed between patients.
The drive-thru collection site contains an excellent air filtration system that filters out both pathogens and car exhaust from the air.
Only throat swab specimens will be collected. Expectorated samples will not be taken.
Swabs are collected by trained UW Health staff. Collection by patient/caregiver is not permitted.
Sputum cultures can still be collected at in-person clinic visits or by making a "Nurse Visit" appointment for sputum culture collection in clinic.
* This information was current as of December 2020. Please contact your clinic for the latest information as situations may change during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is the link to a page for you to print and hold up to the window indicating the patient name and date of birth: JWD Site (pdf)
If you do not have a home printer, please write clearly on a sheet of paper the patient's name, date of birth and the words "CF TEST".