Hospitals Creating Drive-Thru Specimen Collection Sites to Combat Coronavirus

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

One of the many proactive steps South Carolina hospitals have taken in recent days in response to the spread of the coronavirus is to streamline the speed, convenience and safety of both screening and collecting specimens for testing. This has involved both the utilization of free telehealth screenings (MUSC Health, Prisma Health, McLeod Health, and Roper St. Francis Healthcare are all currently providing this service free of charge with the promo code COVID19) as well as setting up drive-thru specimen collection sites on their campuses that allow pre-screened patients to stay in their vehicle throughout the process. Patients are seen by appointment only.

Despite the simplicity of this design, there’s a great deal of thought and consideration that goes into creating these collection sites. Hospitals should make sure there are adequate walkways for staff, that there’s a safety procedure (including the use of appropriate PPE, or personal protective equipment) for interacting with patients and handling specimens. making hygiene supplies readily accessible, and even consider setting up portable showers and bathroom for staff. Signage encouraging vehicles keep their windows rolled up and providing an early-exit lane for those who haven’t been prescreened or accidentally end up in the queue have also been some of the logistical innovations SCHA has already seen.

Here are the current appointment only drive-thru sites that SCHA is aware of—we’ll update this list as more information comes in:


Health System Time/Location
Beaufort Memorial Hospital 8am-8pm Monday-Friday; 8am-5pm Saturday; and 1-5pm Sunday.  Beaufort Memorial Medical and Administrative Center at 990 Ribaut Road.
MUSC Health University Medical Center Citadel Mall campus in West Ashley.
MUSC Health Florence Medical Center Doctors Care Urgent Care on 2200 South Irby Street in Florence
MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center 11am-1pm Monday-Friday. 1010 Woodland Drive.
Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital 9am-6pm, Monday-Friday.  Lower level of the South Parking Deck.
Prisma Health Richland Hospital 9am-12pm and 1-5pm, Monday-Friday.  Outside North Portal, near the ED.
Roper St Francis Healthcare 8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday.  Roper St. Francis Transitions Clinic in North Charleston.
Self Regional Healthcare 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.