Preprocedure Testing for Patients During COVID-19

Prior to having a procedure, surgery, testing or admission to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, you may be asked to undergo testing for COVID-19 in order to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

Patients scheduled for a procedure or test that requires COVID-19 testing will be contacted by a member of the RWJUH team to schedule an appointment at our new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, located adjacent to the hospital.

The RWJUH COVID-19 drive-thru testing is by appointment only. Patients and parents or guardians will be able to remain in their vehicle for the duration of the COVID-19 testing.

Patients are required to:

  • Bring a form of identification
  • Wear a face mask or covering

Once the patient arrives, they will be asked to confirm their identity. If the patient is under 18 years old, a parent or guardian will be asked to confirm their identity.

Patients will be asked to swab each nostril for 10 seconds with a provided cotton swab. If the patient is unable to do so themselves, a nurse will assist.

Please watch the video below for more information on the testing process at our COVID-19 drive-thru testing site:

After the COVID-19 test, patients are asked to continue to do the following:

  1. Self-quarantine following testing and up until the day of surgery
  2. Social distance and wear a mask in their place of self-quarantine, when appropriate
  3. Immediately inform their physician if there is any close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19
  4. Immediately inform their physician if there is any close contact with a person with symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  5. Immediately inform their physician if they develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while in self-quarantine: cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste or any type of respiratory illness