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St. Luke’s is Accepting Plasma Donations

Did you beat COVID-19? Your plasma can help save a life.

Did you know that when people recover from COVID-19, their blood contains antibodies that their bodies produced to fight off the coronavirus? These powerful, disease-fighting antibodies are found in plasma, a component of the blood. These antibodies can help someone else battling the virus.

“In order for the convalescent plasma program to be successful and allow us to help the greatest number of patients, we really need the help of all of our recovered patients,” says St. Luke’s Anesthesiologist Eric Tesoriero, DO. “That’s how we will truly make a difference.”

If you are a COVID-19 recoveree, we have never needed your help more.

If you think you may be a candidate for donation, please contact your primary care physician or Liz Nivar at St. Luke's Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates (484-503-0350). One of our providers will complete the paperwork necessary for Miller-Keystone Blood Center to proceed.

For more information about plasma, please visit https://covidplasma.org/


How is St. Luke's Preparing for COVID-19?

We are thoughtful, steady and even. St. Luke’s recognizes that Coronavirus and COVID-19 are causing a great deal of anxiety and fear in both the general public and here among our St. Luke’s family. We are trying to manage public fears and avoid overwhelming testing capacity. We are stressing to people to stay home and call their doctors. We offer a hotline as a direct and immediate way to respond to an overly anxious public. We are directing people to testing sites AFTER they have called their doctor and/or used the hotline. St. Luke’s will continue to provide the highest level of care to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are in constant contact with the CDC and our state and local health departments for the latest information. We have an emergency plan in case a COVID-19 outbreak in our community leads to staff absenteeism and we have alternative staffing plans to ensure as many of our facility’s staff are available as possible. We have excellent relationships with key healthcare and public health partners in our communities and nationally, and we have an extensive emergency contact list of key partners that is accessible in mission critical locations in our facility.

The bottom line is, we are prepared now and we are doing everything we can to prepare for the future.


Does St. Luke’s Offer Appointments Online or Through Telehealth?

If you have a regularly scheduled appointment for non-COVID-19-related care, we encourage you to keep it and visit your physicians’ office. We will phone screen you for COVID-19 symptoms prior to your appointment and convert suspected positive screens to a virtual visit.

If you are not feeling well and are displaying the symptoms of COVID-19:

  1. Call your St. Luke’s family care provider first
  2. Download the St. Luke’s App and utilize the video visit feature to connect with a doctor
  3. If you don’t have a doctor, or if it’s after hours, call the St. Luke’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7.


Can I Visit Urgent Care?

If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever and dry cough, DO NOT go to a St. Luke's Care Now or your doctor's office. If you’re not feeling well:

  1. Call your St. Luke’s family care provider first.
  2. If you don’t have a doctor or it’s after hours call the St. Luke’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7.

We can help guide you how to best seek the care you need without infecting or putting others in harm's way.


Who Can Visit The Hospital?

St. Luke’s has revised its visitation policy to help improve the experience of our patients while still keeping our facilities safe and healthy during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Patients with questions should call 1-866-STLUKES(785-8537), option 7. Please visit our Visitor Policy page for new information updated regularly.


Does St. Luke's have COVID-19 Testing Sites?

St. Luke’s centralized testing stations are being offered to minimize our community’s exposure to COVID-19. By offering drive-through testing, we are reducing your risk of exposure to coronavirus, as well as protecting others from exposure if the patient does have COVID-19.

The centralized sites are NOT for use by individuals who simply want to be tested or who need clearance to travel, or return to work or school. You must be exhibiting symptoms of COVID or have been directly exposed to someone with COVID.

A screening is required in advance. Call your St. Lukeʼs care provider first. Or you can download the St. Lukeʼs app and utilize the Video Visit feature or call the St. Lukeʼs COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7.

Visit https://www.slhn.org/covid-19/feeling-sick/covid-19-testing-sites for a list of our COVID testing site locations.


What if I Need Lab Work?

If you need routine lab work, call ahead to your lab and find out what their protocol is for dealing with routine tests during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, you should call ahead and mention your recent travel or close contact with someone who has travelled. Your healthcare professional will work with the state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. Your caregiver will give you instructions on how to proceed if you need lab work.


Do I Need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

Yes anyone in a St. Luke’s facility must wear a mask. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.