JCF clinic making changes because of increased Covid in county and regionFree Access

The clinics at John C. Fremont Healthcare District are changing some procedures because of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

“In the interest of keeping our community and staff safe, we are making changes to the clinic,” said Dr. Mimi Carter, chief of staff at the hospital.

Carter said they are moving back to doing telemedicine for “all of our clinic visits.:

Carter said it will be done for all visits “unless there is an acute need that needs to be assessed in the clinic.”

For those, she said “we will make arrangements on a individual basis.”

The focus for telemedicine, said Carter, is care visits, wellness visits, chronic disease management, medication refills as well as reviewing labs and imaging studies.

She stressed the decision “also includes our specialty visits.:

That means if someone has an appointment scheduled for the next two months, they should “anticipate this will be a telemedicine visits.”

Carter said anyone with an appointment will be contacted by the staff at the clinic to help with the process.

“Our goal will be to address your medical needs while keeping you safely at home,” said Carter.

Anyone with acute needs, said Carter, should “not hesitate” to call the clinic.

She also said they will be arranging visits to make sure children are up to date on childhood vaccinations.

“We are open and here to provide care for your medical needs,” said Carter. “Thank you for your understanding during this time of uncertainty and frequent changes.”

Carter also reminded residents to continue to be vigilant when it comes to the virus.

“Please continue to protect yourself and our community by wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and diligent hand hygiene,” said Carter. 

She also asked the public to “please help us help you. It is important to be kind and understanding to our staff as they navigate the frequent changes and burden that we have placed on them. Our clinic and our staff are here to serve this community and we have your health and wellbeing at the center of what we do.”

Carter said officials at the clinic “appreciate all that you do and we are so thankful we are part of this community. Stay safe and well.”

For more information, contact the clinic at (209) 966-0850.

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