The Swedish Hospital of NorthShore is offering free COVID-19 testing.
In addition to offering a Help Line and online screenings, the Swedish Hospital part of NorthShore University Healthsystem is offering free drive-thru testing with appointments — no insurance necessary.
“Testing at Swedish Hospital will come at no cost to patients,” the hospital wrote on their Facebook.
“Uninsured will be offered free testing and follow up care will be managed through our financial assistance and charity program. Those who are insured will not be responsible for any out-of-pocket costs related to being tested for COVID-19.”
To make an appointment, patients must first determine if one is necessary with an online assessment of their symptoms, or a Telehealth appointment via their Help Line at 773-907-7700.
Their Facebook post lists the COVID-19 symptoms:
- Loss or decrease in the sense of smell or taste
- Fever — temperature of 100°F or higher
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Flu-like body aches
Upon completion of one of the above assessments, their clinical staff may recommend testing at their drive-thru facility. Appointments are required.
After making an appointment, patients need only bring photo identification. The testing hours run Monday through Saturday, 9 am — 5 pm.
The hospital also insists that if the severity of your symptoms worsen to call 911.
“The purpose of drive-through is purely to test for COVID19. Drive-through testing does not replace the need for professional evaluation of symptoms. Please continue to discuss symptoms with primary care provider for further management or contact Swedish to establish care with a new primary care provider,” the hospital writes on their testing facility’s website.
For more information visit the company’s website.
[Featured image via Swedish Hospital on Facebook]