Tampa General Hospital offers new options for COVID-19 testing

Tampa General Hospital is offering two convenient ways for community members to be screened and tested for COVID-19.
 
Community members can use telehealth in the comfort of their own homes. Download the TGH Virtual Care app on mobile devices through the app store or through the hospital's website.
 
TGH Virtual Care allows community members to talk directly to a board-certified physician who will ask screening questions to determine if testing is necessary. The TGH Virtual Care app allows consumers to speak directly to a physician 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no appointment necessary. The charge is $49.

Another option is TGH Urgent Care Powered by FastTrack. Two locations are dedicated to screening and testing patients: Carrollwood (4505 Gunn Highway) and Brandon (799 W. Lumsden Road). 

Community members can call (813) 925-1903 to be screened over the phone and directed to a clinic location, or can make an online appointment by visiting fasttrackurgentcare.com.
 
Patients will be assessed by a medical professional who will take samples that will be sent to a commercial laboratory for testing. The clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

Community members can also contact their primary care physician for guidance.
 
COVID-19 testing may be recommended based on a variety of factors, including symptoms, travel history, and exposure to someone with the virus. Guidelines from the Florida Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also figure in.

Curtis Krueger is Senior Public Relations Editor at Tampa General Hospital.

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Tampa General Hospital, a 1007-bed non-profit academic medical center, delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With five medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center and its 32-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of Florida. It also is home to an 82-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 14 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Care and 15 outpatient Radiology Centers. Tampa Bay residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track.  As one of the largest hospitals in Florida, Tampa General Hospital is first in the state to open a command center in partnership with GE Healthcare. For more information, go to www.tgh.org.
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