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PM Pediatrics, Columbia Heights

PM Pediatrics

4.73(222 reviews)
3100 14th St NW, Washington, DC 200103100 14th St NW
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

Clean facility and spacious. Friendly, attentive, and caring team. The visit lasted 30 min total. We came for a CV19 test so that my son could play in a scheduled activity today. We got the results in a timely manner.
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Nova Patient Care, Falls Church

Nova Patient Care

4.43(23 reviews)
5860 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 220415860 Columbia Pike
OpenWed 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Recent patient review

Went very well with good staff Treated in car so don’t know about cleanliness. Staff very friendly and did great job. Would recommend 29 mins wait.convenient checking Booked appt on line
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PM Pediatrics, Columbia Heights

PM Pediatrics

4.73(222 reviews)
3100 14th St NW, Washington, DC 200103100 14th St NW
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

Clean facility and spacious. Friendly, attentive, and caring team. The visit lasted 30 min total. We came for a CV19 test so that my son could play in a scheduled activity today. We got the results in a timely manner.
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PM Pediatrics, District Heights

PM Pediatrics

5.0(2 reviews)
5805 Silver Hill Rd, District Heights, MD 207475805 Silver Hill Rd
OpenWed 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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PM Pediatrics, Greenbelt

PM Pediatrics

4.78(1.3k reviews)
7401 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt, MD 207707401 Greenbelt Rd
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

For a first time visit, I was very impressed. From the phone call the day prior, making the appointment was swift. Excellent attendance in the front. Very polite staff from the waiting area to the exam room… Excellent bed side manners of the Pediatrician, and medical assistant. My daughter felt at ease.. I’m certain we will be back if the need arises.
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PM Pediatrics, Rockville

PM Pediatrics

4.72(1k reviews)
12254 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 2085212254 Rockville Pike
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

This was our first time coming to PM Pediatrics. I wish I would have know about it sooner. The physician was very knowledgeable. She is a pediatric ER physician. After her thorough exam, she gave us the time we needed to talk and ask questions. I felt very comfortable with her recommendations.
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PM Pediatrics, Springfield Plaza

PM Pediatrics

4.83(874 reviews)
6358 Springfield Blvd, Springfield, VA 221506358 Springfield Blvd
OpenWed 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Friendly staff fast service.
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PM Pediatrics, Fairfax

PM Pediatrics

4.86(413 reviews)
11056 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 2203011056 Lee Hwy
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

The facility, nurse, doctor, staff exceeded our expectations. From the moment we stepped inside the door, we were greeted with one of the friendliest nurse ever. Our child had such a great experience that she wished they were our regular pediatrician's office.
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PM Pediatrics, Laurel

PM Pediatrics

4.71(682 reviews)
805 Washington Blvd, Laurel, MD 20707805 Washington Blvd
OpenWed 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Recent patient review

The process was quick though it was a self check in. The care provided was precise and the Pediatric Dr seems nice and very good .
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PM Pediatrics, Herndon

PM Pediatrics

4.76(635 reviews)
905 Herndon Pkwy, Herndon, VA 20170905 Herndon Pkwy
OpenWed 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Recent patient review

It went amazingly well as Taruni made it easy for us.
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PM Pediatrics, Germantown

PM Pediatrics

4.53(611 reviews)
19820 Century Blvd, Germantown, MD 2087419820 Century Blvd
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

Nurses and docs helpful and friendly.
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PM Pediatrics, Columbia

PM Pediatrics

4.69(512 reviews)
6630 Marie Curie Dr, Elkridge, MD 210756630 Marie Curie Dr
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

Dr Kaiser, the nurse and the receptionist were all fantastic and so kind to my daughter. Thank you!
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PM Pediatrics, Ashburn

PM Pediatrics

4.85(447 reviews)
19800 Belmont Chase Dr, Ashburn, VA 2014719800 Belmont Chase Dr
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

The doctor and all staff were incredible! They had a wonderful bedside manner, making my son feel comfortable, happy and relaxed. He was laughing and giving fist bumps at the end of the visit! Thank you.
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PM Pediatrics, Annapolis

PM Pediatrics

4.68(758 reviews)
2301 A Forest Dr, Annapolis, MD 214012301 A Forest Dr
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

Experienced staff is everything but when you add the natural ability to deal with small children is a blessing. Awesome they were!!
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PM Pediatrics, Glen Burnie

PM Pediatrics

4.73(695 reviews)
6622 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD 210616622 Ritchie Hwy
OpenWed 12:00 pm - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

The staff was beyond amazing and so wonderful!
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Fast Track Urgent Care, Virtual Visit

Fast Track Urgent Care

4.6(1.6k reviews)
10540 Connecticut Ave, Kensington, MD 2089510540 Connecticut Ave
OpenWed 9:00 am - 3:15 pm
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Recent patient review

Staff was very professional and informative
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Fast Track Urgent Care, Kensington

Fast Track Urgent Care

4.68(3.6k reviews)
10540 Connecticut Ave, Kensington, MD 2089510540 Connecticut Ave
OpenWed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Recent patient review

First time to visit this location. The doctor and staff are very nice and friendly:) Thanks so much!
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Access Now Urgent Care, Wheaton

Access Now Urgent Care

4.84(1.6k reviews)
11406 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 2090211406 Georgia Ave
OpenWed 8:45 am - 6:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Excellent . Timely service and very kind and knowledgeable staff.
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Nova Patient Care, Kingstowne

Nova Patient Care

4.41(87 reviews)
5876 Kingstowne Blvd, Alexandria, VA 223155876 Kingstowne Blvd
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Recent patient review

It was great to be able to drive up to get a Covid test. They were quick, efficient, and timely.
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Fast Track Urgent Care, Silver Spring

Fast Track Urgent Care

4.74(4.8k reviews)
13428 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 2090413428 New Hampshire Ave
OpenWed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Recent patient review

The entire staff treated me very nicely. I have a burn on my back that blistered, and then popped. Having been in this situation before, I knew I needed professional care. Within one hour, I was checked in and seen, and I was a walk in. I considered myself lucky to not wait too long. The PA was very friendly, but also sympathetic, and still very thorough. She dressed my wound, and gave me a prescription for antibiotics to ensure the open wound would not get infected. I have been to this Urgent Care, and they always treat me well!
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Medical Access, Alexandria Urgent Care

Medical Access

4.51(207 reviews)
7598 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 223157598 Telegraph Rd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

The front desk staff were friendly and efficient and the doctor was kind, thorough, and knowledgeable. I very much appreciated the clear treatment plan I was given and the follow-up call giving me x-ray results.
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Latest COVID Testing updates

Jun 15, 2022
COVID vaccines for kids under 5 move closer to FDA authorization after committee backs shots. The FDA’s committee of independent vaccine experts voted unanimously to recommend Moderna and Pfizer’s shots for use in infants through toddlers. The FDA will likely accept the recommendation and authorize the shots this week.(CNBC)
Jun 15, 2022
BA.4 and BA.5 — "sister variants" of the original omicron strain — are gaining prevalence in the U.S. and now account for about 1 in 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, CDC data shows. (Becker's)

COVID Testing FAQs

  • How much does COVID testing cost?

    COVID testing can be free in many circumstances. As part of their response to the epidemic, many Washington DC health departments continue to provide free testing to community citizens. In some situations, commercially insured patients, as well as those on Medicare or Medicaid, may be able to get testing for free or for a small office visit fee. COVID tests can cost anything from $50 to $150 each test for cash-paying individuals or those who require speedy answers in under an hour. It's best to call your doctor before getting tested so you can get a better idea of how much the test will cost.

  • Where can I get free COVID testing?

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which covers testing for people without health insurance, makes COVID testing free nationwide. Check with your local Washington DC health department for details since they are usually an excellent source of free COVID tests, or can at least lead you in the proper way. You can also ask your health care practitioner for a recommendation for a free COVID test location.

  • Where can I get COVID testing in Washington DC?

    COVID testing is available at many outlets near Washington DC including urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care offices, health departments, and more. Different venues will have different types of tests available, many at different price points. Some testing sites are allowing walk-in patients, however, many are still requiring some degree of advance booking to control patient volume.

  • Where can I get a rapid COVID test in Washington DC?

    Rapid testing—both PCR (molecular) and antigen tests—is offered through many Washington DC-area urgent care centers and physician offices, usually at an additional cost ranging from $50 up to $150 per test. Usually this will allow you to get results back in under an hour, and require advanced booking through the provider. However, if you can wait 24 hours for your results, many labs are turning around send-out lab tests in that time frame, which could save you some money.

  • How to make an appointment for COVID testing in Washington DC?

    Same-day and next day appointments for COVID testing in Washington DC are bookable directly through Solv. Simply browse the list of healthcare providers conducting COVID tests above, find one with a “Book Online” button, and book a time that aligns with your schedule stating “COVID-19 Test” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I get tested for antibodies if I am sick with COVID-19?

    An antibody test for COVID-19 might inform you if you previously had a coronavirus infection. Because it can take between 1–3 weeks after an infection for your body to develop these antibodies, an antibody test during an active infection would not be successful. To see if you are currently infected, you need a viral test.

  • Do I need a COVID test if I have been vaccinated?

    Even if you have been fully vaccinated, scientists feel you should be checked if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, especially if you are suffering cold or flu symptoms that are usually associated with the coronavirus.

  • How long does COVID testing take?

    A COVID test is quick. A nasal swab is used for the majority of tests, and it takes less than a minute to swab both nostrils. This means you might be in and out of the testing center in as little as 10-15 minutes, depending on where you obtain your COVID test. Testing sites may be busier than usual during popular seasons, especially around holidays, and wait times may be higher.

  • How long does it take to get COVID test results?

    Most labs are sending out COVID test results via molecular (PCR) within 24-48 hours of the test. Some sites take longer, so call and ask if the reason for the test is proof for travel. Rapid tests are processed on-site and can provide findings in less than an hour, sometimes as quickly as 15 minutes.

  • Do COVID tests detect the Delta variant and Omicron variant?

    Regular COVID tests are able to detect both the Delta variant and Omicron variant in that they can determine whether or not you have the coronavirus. However, they can't tell which variation is involved. That would necessitate genomic sequencing, which is a different process from regular virus testing that not all labs can undertake. Sequencing is uncommon and can cost up to $100 per test. Since the treatment is the same for any variant, it is not clinically useful to an individual patient to know whether the infection was caused by a variant or not.

Recent COVID Testing Reviews (4)

Dr Slinker was amazing. So wonderful with my son (and daughter). He was patient and took his time. He also went out of his way to write a very detailed letter for my son’s return to school so that we wouldn’t have to repeat a covid test that I had already recently done. I also forgot my diaper bag in my rush to urgent care and they found diapers and wipes for me which was so helpful.

- Verified patient on 10/24

The wait was too long especially because I had a 2.5 year old child. I waited approximately 45 min to be seen by the doctor. The doctor however, was really nice and understood that after waiting this time my little one was more scared and upset about the covid test she was going to get.

- Verified patient on 9/19

My daughter had a low grade fever, sore throat and achy. I needed to get a quick strep test and COVID test and this was the only facility that had openings. The staff was nice, the atmosphere was clean and the doctor was fantastic!

- Verified patient on 9/17

They took care of my child very fast and COVID test was back in less than 24hrs! Very happy with the service.

- Verified patient on 8/10

About COVID Testing

Types of COVID Tests

There are two types of coronavirus tests (COVID-19 tests) available, those that can test for a current infection (viral test) and those that can test for a past infection (antibody test).

Viral COVID testing can be done in a few different ways, the most common being nose swabs, but saliva tests are becoming more popular. Some tests are processed out on-site and can provide results in as little as 30 minutes. These are called rapid COVID tests. The majority of tests, on the other hand, are collected at the clinic on-site and then submitted to off-site labs for processing. Results can take up to 2-3 days to arrive. 

Antibody testing looks for a past infection and may not reveal if you have an active COVID-19 infection because antibodies can take up to three weeks to form in your body. The presence of COVID antibodies may help to prevent you from becoming infected with the same virus again; but, because the clinical understanding of COVID-19 is still developing, it's unclear how long that protection will continue.

Who should get tested for current infection

The CDC currently defines four instances where COVID testing is recommended:

  1. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  2. If you have been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. If you have been vaccinated, or tested positive in the past 3 months and not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to be tested.
  3. If you are unvaccinated and participated in high-risk activities where distancing is not an option. This could include travel, large social or mass gatherings, crowded indoor settings, etc.
  4. If you have been referred to get a COVID test by your healthcare provider or local health department. 

How is testing done for COVID-19?

Most COVID tests are collected by a nasal swab. A member of the medical team puts a swab inside your nose for a few seconds on each side to collect the sample. After that, the samples are packaged according to CDC guidelines and tested on-site or transported to a facility for testing. The lab will test samples for the presence of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID infection and either your care provider or the lab will notify you with the results as soon as they are available.

Molecular vs Antigen Tests

Viral COVID tests are available as molecular and antigen tests. The molecular test, also known as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, usually delivers results within a few days since most of these tests are sent to offsite labs for analysis. The average turnaround time for PCR test results is 48 hours, but in some instances may be significantly longer due to backlogs related to insufficient lab volume and capacity. Antigen tests are also known as rapid tests and have an average turnaround time of between 15 to 30 minutes.

Both PCR and rapid COVID tests can be used to test people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, those who were close contacts to COVID-19, and those without COVID-19 symptoms who live or work in a high-risk setting (such as a nursing facility); or those individuals who are identified as part of outbreak detection and response. The rapid COVID test is also recommended for the screening of residents or healthcare workers at skilled nursing facilities along with a PCR confirmation, and for repeat screening for the early detection and prevention of outbreaks in congregate settings (such as schools, workplaces, and prisons).

COVID testing is available for free under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes testing for those without health insurance. To reduce the risk of facing extra costs related to COVID testing, ask your primary care doctor to recommend a free COVID test site, and confirm there are no charges or fees for the test that are not covered by your insurance plan. Additionally, avoid getting a COVID test at a hospital or free-standing emergency room, as these facilities may charge fees for COVID testing and related services.

Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Jun 25, 22

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