Yearly health screenings and check ups are important for monitoring your health.
Throughout the year, St. Margaret’s holds different health screenings throughout the Illinois Valley area. For our patient’s convenience, we try to bring them to you by offering them at different locations. Due to COVID-19; however, these screenings around the community are currently unavailable until further notice. However, we have a safe and convenient way for patients to still have their cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure checked by using the St. Margaret’s Drive-Thru Testing Center. Find out more below or click here to visit the St. Margaret’s Drive-Thru Testing Center webpage.
Be sure to check back here to find out when a screening or clinic location will be near you if the St. Margaret’s Drive-Thru Testing Center site is not an option for your screening.
St. Margaret’s Drive-Thru Testing CENTER
As always, we are working hard to provide you with the most convenient (and safest) options for screenings and other health services. You can now have your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure checked without ever having to leave the safety and comfort of your vehicle by visiting the St. Margaret’s Drive-Thru Testing Center located in the northwest corner of the North Parking Lot at St. Margaret’s Hospital. These screenings are only offered on specific days of the week, so click on the screenings below to find out the specific details for each respective screening that is offered at the center.
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- 1st Thursday of every month, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
- Get your blood pressure and blood sugar checked for FREE at the St. Margaret’s Drive-Up Testing Center
- No Appointment Necessary
- A twelve-hour food and beverage fast is recommended for more accurate blood sugar test results.
The St. Margaret’s Drive-Thru Testing Center is located in the North Parking Lot of the hospital. Blood pressure and blood sugar screenings are only offered on the designated day and timeframe listed above. Upon entering the North Parking Lot of St. Margaret’s Hospital, follow the testing center signage that will direct you where to go to enter the drive-thru.
All other screenings (listed below) are currently on hold, due to COVID-19. Please utilize our drive-up, Mobile Testing Site (see details above).
Screenings currently unavailable until further notice:
- DePue Library, second Tuesday of every month | 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- North Central Bank (Hennepin), first Thursday of every month | 8:30-10 a.m.
- Liberty Estates, first Tuesday of every month | 9:30-11 a.m.
- YMCA, fourth Tuesday of every month | 9:30-11 a.m.
- Princeton Senior Center, third Wednesday of every month | 11 a.m. – Noon
- Oglesby Library, third Thursday of every month | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- Putnam County Senior Center, second Tuesday of every month |
- North Central Bank (Ladd), first Wednesday of every month |
Blood Pressure Test Information:
A blood pressure test measures the pressure in your arteries from your heart. This test is used to determine if a patient has high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) or to monitor a patient that’s already been diagnosed with elevated blood pressure, high blood pressure or low blood pressure (hypotension).
How a blood pressure test works:
- Using a pressure cuff (sphygmomanometer), a blood pressure reading is taken.
- The pressure cuff is positioned around the upper arm before being inflated, either manually with a pump or electronically.
- After inflation, the pressure cuff compresses the brachial artery, briefly stopping the blood flow.
- The pressure cuff is then released gradually while the provider performing the test listens with a stethoscope or uses electronic technology for the reading.
- Systolic blood pressure (which is the top number of the reading) gives the amount of pressure blood is putting on your artery walls as your heart pumps.
- Diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number of the reading) gives the amount of pressure your blood is putting on your artery walls between your heart beats (or when your heart is at rest).
Blood Sugar Test Information:
What is a blood sugar test?
A blood sugar test measures the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. A medical provider uses this test to diagnose diabetes or prediabetes, or, people with diabetes can also use this test to help manage their condition.
Blood sugar tests can tell you or your medical provider:
- Whether your blood sugar levels are high or low
- A change in your diet or exercise is needed
- The effectiveness of your diabetes medications or treatment
What does a blood sugar test do exactly?
Your body uses carbohydrates that are found in foods such as grains and fruits and makes them into glucose. Glucose, a form of sugar, is one of your body’s main sources of energy.
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can lead to seizures or a coma if left untreated.
High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can lead to ketoacidosis—a serious, life-threatening condition that’s often a risk for people with type 1 diabetes. Ketoacidosis can happen when your body starts using only fat for fuel and over a long period of time, can greatly increase your risk for neuropathy (nerve damage), in addition to, heart, kidney and eye diseases.
There is low to no risks associated with blood sugar tests. You may feel soreness, swelling and bruising at the puncture site but this should subside within a day.
In order for a blood sugar test to be accurate, a person should fast from food and beverages for twelve hours before the test.
Talk to your primary care provider if you have questions about high blood sugar testing or if you think you are at risk.
Beginning July 9, 2020, on the 2nd Thursday of every month, you can get your cholesterol checked from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. for a $25 fee, using our drive-up Mobile Testing Site. A twelve-hour food and beverage fast is recommended for more accurate results. For cholesterol screenings, appointments are preferred! Please call (815) 664-1486 to register for your screening. The Mobile Testing Site is located in the North Parking Lot of the hospital. Just drive up to the yellow tent in the far east corner of the lot (inside a large shed).
Special Saturday Lipid profile:
The St. Margaret’s Drive-Thru Testing Center will also be available for a special lipid profile screening on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 6:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. Appointments are preferred! Please call (815) 664-1486 to register for your screening ahead of time.
The $25 fee includes a check of cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL.
A twelve-hour food and beverage fast is recommended for more accurate results.
All other screenings are currently on hold, due to COVID-19. Please utilize our Drive-Thru Testing Center.
Many patients worry about their prostate cancer risk, which is the most common cancer among men after skin cancer.
A screening for prostate cancer is recommended for all men between ages 40-45; however, you should absolutely have your first exam by or before you turn 50. A complete screening includes a blood test (PSA) and a rectal exam (DRE). While a rectal exam to detect prostate abnormalities typically is part of a man’s physical, the prostate specific antigen test is not recommended for routine prostate cancer screening. This is because patients who do not have prostate cancer may still have elevated levels of a specific enzyme in the blood, which can lead to other invasive and unnecessary tests. So doctors often are careful when deciding which patients should have a PSA.
There are no prostate screenings scheduled at this time. Contact your physician to request a prostate screening.
Registration is NOT required. Walk-ins are welcome. Fee $30.
Medicare accepted, please present card at time of service.
The vaccine covers 4 strains, including the 2 most common strains of influenza A and B.
St. Margaret’s Hospital will offer flu vaccinations at the following locations:
There are currently no public flu vaccination clinics being offered at this time. Contact your primary care provider.