Drive-Thru Testing Services To Be Offered in Norwell
Beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2020, South Shore Health’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing site will be relocated to South Shore Medical Center at 143 Longwater Drive in Norwell. It will replace the current testing site at Union Point in Weymouth which is being decommissioned.
Why is COVID-19 testing being moved to South Shore Medical Center?
Testing for COVID-19 is critical to identifying and containing the spread of the virus in our community. While our Union Point location served our health system and the community well, it makes sense at this time, while we begin to move some business operations back online, to relocate drive-thru testing to our medical center.
Where at South Shore Medical Center will testing take place?
Testing will be conducted under the South entrance awning via a single, drive-thru lane. The parking lot adjacent to the south entrance will be closed. Parking and access to the medical center for all patients with regularly scheduled appointments will be located at the North entrance only (the side of the building with the largest parking lot).
What safety measures will be put in place to protect the public and staff?
The South entrance will be closed to foot traffic (entry and egress) to ensure tight infection control practices and will remain closed when not in use to allow for thorough cleaning. Screens will be erected in the lobby of the South entrance to help ensure privacy for patients who are being tested outside.
Who is eligible to be tested?
Drive-thru testing is available for patients of all ages, including pediatric patients.
Testing is open to patients exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, as well as asymptomatic patients who are a close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case or are referred for testing by their primary care provider.
Asymptomatic patients who require a test in order to return to work can schedule appointments as well.
Please note that registration and an appointment are required for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.
The drive-thru site will also service scheduled surgical and obstetrical patients to provide for the highest level of safety and care for our patients and staff prior to surgery.
When will testing be available?
Testing will be scheduled seven days-a-week during daytime hours. Patients who meet the testing criteria will be given an appointment over the phone.
What is the number for the COVID-19 appointment line?
The number for screening and to be given an appointment if necessary is: 781-681-0365.