UT Physicians COVID-19 Testing
Convenient Drive-thru TestingUT Physicians offers a convenient service that allows our staff to test you while you are in your vehicle. It’s quick, easy and available to anyone who has an order from a health care provider (physician, nurse practitioner, etc.). You also must call 713-486-CO19 (2619) to schedule an appointment. Test results may take up to five days.
Where To Get Your COVID-19 Test ResultsIf your order is from a provider with UT Physicians: Call your health care provider who ordered the test, or visit the MyUTHealth Patient Portal for results. If your order is from NOT from UT Physicians: Contact your health care provider’s office directly to obtain your test results. UT Physicians will not receive your test results. We are simply administering the testing.
COVID-19 Testing frequently asked questionsHow are you going to be tested for COVID-19?
We will obtain a sample with a nasal swab.
A nasal swab is a test to check for upper respiratory infections.
- We will place a cotton swab inside your nose to reach the nasopharynx, (which is the part of the pharynx that covers the roof of the mouth).
- The swab will be sent to a lab and studied to see if the virus that causes COVID-19 is present.
- After your test, you may notice that your nose feels slightly irritated or it may even bleed. Your doctor should have your test results within 5 days.
The sample collection is fast and should only last a few seconds.
The risks are minimal. You may gag a little during the test. You may also feel slightly uncomfortable, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. You may have a minor nosebleed afterwards.
You don’t need to do anything different to prepare for this test. Follow the instructions given by your provider when taking the sample.