About the UnityPoint Health Wellmobile
The UnityPoint Health Wellmobile is a consumer education program designed to promote healthier living in our community. It brings free or low-cost screenings throughout Central Illinois. It is our hope that patients and physicians use our services to monitor the improvement of results during dietary, lifestyle or medication changes.
Blood Glucose Screenings
Description: This screening requires a small blood sample from the finger. Your blood glucose level can help assess your risk for diabetes. The blood glucose screening is offered as a part of all Wellmobile screenings unless otherwise noted.
Requirements: An 8–12 hour fast is required for blood glucose screening. No appointment necessary.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Description: This screening can assess an individual's risk for heart disease or stroke. It is offered as a portion of all other Wellmobile screenings but may be conducted alone.
Requirements: No appointment necessary.
Description: This screening tests lung function to determine a person's risk for emphysema, COPD and other diseases of the lungs. Spirometry is offered with all Wellmobile screenings.
Requirements: Must be under age 80 to participate. No appointment necessary.
Description: This screening requires a small blood sample from the finger. It measures total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL), triglycerides and the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL. These factors help determine your risk for heart attack, stroke and/or diabetes. The cholesterol screening is offered as part of all Wellmobile screenings unless otherwise noted.
Requirements: An 8–12 hour fast is required for cholesterol screening. No appointment necessary.
Description: The pulse oximeter, or Pulse Oxis an electronic device that measures the saturation of oxygen carried in your red blood cells. The pulse oximeter uses a finger probe to shine a cold light source through the fingertip, making the tip appear to be red. By analyzing the light from the light source that passes through the finger, the device can determine the percentage of oxygen in the red blood cell.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule the Wellmobile?
Scheduling a Wellmobile stop is easy and can be done by clicking here. Please make sure to include as much information as possible in the screening request form for staff to review. There is no cost to have the Wellmobile visit your location. The screenings are held inside your facility. Our Wellmobile van is used to transport supplies but the actual screenings are held inside your location. If you have additional scheduling questions, please contact the Wellmobile team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to fast? For how long?
The cholesterol and blood glucose screenings require an 8-12 hour fast prior to the screening. Please refrain from eating anything before your screening. However, you may drink water.
Should I take my medications?
Please take all medications, as prescribed, with water only prior to attending a screening.
How long will it take to get my results?
Blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, spirometry, and pulse oximetry results are available within about 5-10 minutes of performing the screenings. Wait times may vary from location to location.
How much do the screenings cost?
All our screenings are FREE! Our free screenings include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, spirometry, and pulse oximetry.
Are appointments required?
We do not accept appointments for our screenings. The screenings are performed on a first-come, first-served basis.
How often should I have my cholesterol checked?
An annual cholesterol screening is recommended for those who have normal cholesterol with a total cholesterol under 200. For those with high cholesterol, those with changes in medication and/or those who begin lifestyle changes (diet/exercise), it is recommended to have your cholesterol rechecked every 3-6 months.
Do you offer blood glucose testing separately from cholesterol testing?
No. At this time, blood glucose and cholesterol are included in the same test. Both require an 8–12 hour fast.
What results will I receive?
Results from a cholesterol screening include blood glucose, blood pressure, fasting cholesterol, and spirometry. Fasting cholesterol results include total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), triglyceride, and the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol.
Who staffs the UnityPoint Health Wellmobile?
UnityPoint Health employees perform all testing. UnityPoint Health employees complete annual training.
Will you send a copy of the results to my doctor?
If your doctor works for UnityPoint Health AND if you sign the release on your screening participation form, we will be able to enter your results into our electronic medical records and alert your physician.
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