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Flu shots are here!

In addition to the regular flu vaccine, we also have the extra protective flu vaccine recommended for those 65 and over.  

Davidson Family Medicine will file your insurance.

To get your flu vaccine administered by trained medical staff that you know and trust, call in at 704-892-5454.

Stay healthy this flu season and get your flu vaccine.

Welcome Dr. Sam Hughes

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sam Hughes to our practice! Dr. Hughes is a Davidson College graduate and earned his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency.

He enjoys the diversity of family medicine, particularly working with all ages and focusing on preventive care. Sam’s favorite activities include hiking, biking, and spending time with his wife and yellow lab.

Visit our website, davidsonfamilymedicine.com or call (704) 892-5454 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hughes.

Ways To Break The Habit Of Touching Your Face

We all do it. We watch others do it all the time. Our mom used to tell us to stop doing it.

That nasty habit of rubbing our eyes, or touching our nose and mouth is now more than just annoying. Even the CDC is telling us to stop. How many times have you just touched your face reading this far?  It could be boredom or a nervous habit, but let’s look at some ways to break the habit of touching your face.

Continue reading “Ways To Break The Habit Of Touching Your Face”

Happy 4th of July!!

In observance  of Independence Day, Davidson Family Medicine will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4th; we will re-open on Monday, July 6th at 8 a.m.  

Testing for active Covid-19 infection is now available in our office.

No need to go anywhere else. Accurate, reliable, and available when you need it.

Davidson Family Medicine now has ample reliable and trustworthy  Covid-19 testing capability through our national lab partner Quest Diagnostics.

If there is a need for you or your family to test for infection with or without symptoms, we can do that (safely) here in the office with results in 3-7 days.  There is no need to travel to an unknown CVS, urgent care clinic, or hospital lab center for these tests. 

The Quest PCR test, which is performed through a naso-pharyngeal specimen, is extremely sensitive and specific. It is more accurate and should not be confused with the “Abbott PCR rapid test” that is being performed elsewhere.  CVS has given no details about who is performing their tests, the reliability of their tests, and results are not rapid.  Click here for the details of the Quest test. 

Examples of testing situations:

  • An employer is requiring testing for work re-entry.
  • You or a family member develops symptoms of Covid-19.
  • If there is a need to test before visiting relatives or friends to confirm lack of disease.
  • We continue to offer the IgG antibody blood (serology) tests to determine if a person has had active infection in the past.

Please contact us with any concerns or questions.

Antibody testing is now available at our office– should you get it?

Antibody testing is now available at our office– should you get it? 
 
The antibody (a serologic blood) test may show whether you have been infected with Covid-19 and suggests some level of immunity. 
 
Along with our laboratory partner Quest Diagnostics, Davidson Family Medicine is now offering this Covid-19 Antibody testing through a venipuncture draw performed safely inside our office or outdoors. 
 
Who might consider antibody testing? Most people do not need antibody testing at this time. People who might consider this testing include 1) healthcare workers and 2) those who think they may have had Covid-19 or its symptoms 3 or more weeks ago. 
 
These tests are not intended for diagnosis of Covid-19. That would be done through a nasopharyngeal swab (and is called a molecular or PCR antigen test.) For anyone with suspected Covid-19, please contact our office so that we can perform a virtual visit and facilitate this testing through Atrium or Novant. 
 
If you feel that ANTIBODY testing would be helpful, please call our office to schedule the venipuncture followed 3- 7 days later with a 10-15 minute virtual or telephone visit for your provider to explain the results. This follow-up visit will be billed to your insurer and should be covered 100%. During this follow-up visit, your provider will provide recommendations based on your individual history and other medical problems.  
 
A note about the test:  These particular Quest antibody tests are authorized by the FDA under the CDC Emergency Use Authorization.  These tests should not be confused with other tests that may be offered elsewhere that are not FDA authorized under the EUA.  We have extreme confidence in the validity of the results or we would not be providing them at this time.   
Details :  Quest uses one of 2 tests:  1)  the Abbott IgG test with 100% sensitivity and 99% specificity (page 6 in the product package insert), and 2)  the Euroimmune IgG test with 98.5% sensitivity (top of page 9 in PI) and 99 % specificity (page 9 in package insert).  
In other words, a negative test when performed after 2-3 weeks of symptom onset accurately assesses whether a patient has had a previous Covid-19 infection.  A positive test means that the patient has had the infection.  There may be some immunity, for how long we do not know at this time. Each individual case is different, and part of the follow-up virtual/phone visit is to review the results to give you and your family guidance based on your history of symptoms, underlying medical condition (if any), and guidance going forward. 
 
There is no simple “negative” or “positive” for these tests. One thing is certain, regardless of the result, social distancing, wearing a mask in public, and protecting the immunocompromised among us should be continued. 
 
We are happy to help during this time. Please feel free to call us with questions. 

Opening our doors… safely

Now accepting appointments for well child checks and adult preventive care

For the past month, we’ve adapted to the new world of virtual visits. We will continue this. However, many patients understandably have delayed needed preventive care. We realize that virtual visits cannot meet everyone’s needs. There are certain medical visits that should be done in person.

Following the cautious advice of our medical societies, beginning Monday, May 4th , we will be inviting you back into our office! We have missed seeing you! We will be providing in-office well child checks and some adult preventive care. At these visits, we will perform necessary overdue examinations and update immunizations to prevent childhood diseases.

Rest assured, we have been planning this for weeks, and our top priority is to keep you and our staff safe. Our office will seem different. You will not be in a reception area. We will all be wearing masks, gloves, and keeping appropriate distance. All staff will be prescreened for optimal health each day. After each visit, our facilities will have enhanced disinfection processes. Our entire second floor is dedicated only to well care. Some healthcare delivery may even be performed in your personal vehicle
if requested and feasible.

We ask only that you bring with you a cloth or surgical mask if possible. And if you are immunocompromised, please let the receptionist know. These types of exams may not be appropriate, and we can help you decide.

So, give us a call today and let’s get going with that well child exam. Let’s listen to your heart, your lungs, examine your abdomen and check your pulse, and give your skin a close look. Let’s do that yearly cancer screening. And give that overdue vaccine. And let’s do it with the utmost safety in mind. We are here ready to serve!

Davidson Family Medicine is pleased to offer accurate and convenient RAPID Covid-19 testing for our established patients.  Results within 15 minutes.

This is a simple and painless front-of-the-nose test performed by our staff at our office.  There is no need to wait in line at a CVS Minute Clinic, Urgent Care, or Emergency Room.

Examples of when to get tested:

This test is highly accurate.  It is one of only 2 antigen tests authorized by the FDA for emergency use for detection of Covid-19 antigen particles.

Accuracy of BD Veritor Rapid Covid Test

Information from the FDA About the BD Veritor Covid Test

Simply call our office to schedule.  We may require a brief virtual visit with one of our clinicians to ensure appropriateness of testing.

(We will collect any copays and otherwise will file insurance for you.  This testing is covered by most insurance plans.)

Flu shots are here!

In addition to the regular flu vaccine, we also have the extra protective flu vaccine recommended for those 65 and over.

Davidson Family Medicine will file your insurance.

To get your flu vaccine administered by trained medical staff that you know and trust, call in at 704-892-5454.

Stay healthy this flu season and get your flu vaccine.