My results on the Portal.
First surgery was the day before Thanksgiving & ‘they’ were content with a 15-minute RAPID TEST. I was able to get that done, quite efficiently, with minimal wait, at my local ‘ClearChoiceMD‘ in Alton. I was happy — though they charged me $75 on the spot (though I have Medicare (Advantage) Insurance).
My second surgery, on my right eye, was this Monday — post the Thanksgiving SPIKE in infections. They wanted a ‘PCR Test’.
ClearChoiceMD only does the 15-minute rapid test. No PCR.
Called the ‘Huggins Hospital‘ COVID Hotline. They were OUTSTANDING.
They understood. They appreciated that it was for PRE-OP.
They PROMISED me results within ’24-hours’ & they delivered, albeit, in ’28-hours’ (rather than 24). But, that was still GOOD. Brilliant. I was so happy & relieved.
I called Thursday around mid-day. They gave me a 11am appointment, in Wolfeboro, the next day, i.e., Friday. My surgery in Boston was at 1:45pm on Monday.
They promised me the results on Saturday — via their Portal.
There was no line or waiting for the 11am TESTING. It was drive-through. Very slick. I was out & on my way by 11:08am. 8-minutes.
I had the test results around 1pm on Saturday (ahead of the BIG storm). I was so relieved. They even faxed it to OCB.
They delivered as they promised.
They knew — & MARKED THE TEST — PRE-OP.
So, now YOU know. IF you need a PCR Test, quickly, call Huggins.
It was NOT easy finding a place.
Finally I was told by ‘ClearChoiceMD’ to be there at 8am.
I got up at 5am & was standing outside, in the bloody cold (26F), at 7:40am.
I was the 1st in line. They opened the doors at 8am.
Couple of screw-ups with the registration. They are having computer issues.
But, after that it was QUICK … QUICK … QUICK.
I was OUT of there, with my negative results, at 8:40. 1-hour in total. I can deal with that.
I was happy. SMILE.