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St. Luke's now offering virtual visits for patients

Ryan Juntti
Updated: March 31, 2020 10:51 PM

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, hospitals across the country and in the Northland have cut back on the number of patients they are caring for in person, but St. Luke's Hospital has now launched virtual visits.

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All St. Luke's primary and specialty care clinics are now offering telehealth visits. They have done this in the past before, but it has never been completely virtual like it is now.

How it works is a patient is sent a link either on their phone, tablet, or computer. The patient then clicks on that link, which in turn connects them to their provider who they can see through the camera on their phone.

Some of the apps that people can use for the service are Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime.  

St. Luke's Cardiologist Dr. Anemona Anghel says the service both keeps the patient away from medical facilities, limiting their exposure, while still giving them the care they need.

“Obviously, we try to do this in these times to protect all of our patients, and at the same time still control their chronic diseases because this is even more important during this time to control their hypertension, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, diabetes,” said Anghel.

Anghel adds the service is great for walking a patient through how to take their blood pressure, and discuss any symptoms they might be having. 

She does say there are times when in-person exam is still needed, and that in-person exams are also preferred, but that right now this is the best option.

You are asked to call your clinic if you need to schedule an appointment.

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