Don’t delay necessary care
Don’t delay necessary care
May 05, 2020SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash., May 5, 2020– As Skagit County communities continue to focus on social distancing, handwashing and masking to flatten the curve, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center is beginning to plan for the future with a focus on safely returning to care and reopening services. While the medical center and clinics are not easing current practices related to safety and security that were implemented during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians and leaders at PeaceHealth United General are beginning to look ahead to recovery efforts and want to remind the public not to delay seeking important healthcare.
One outcome of the COVID-19 crisis is the shift in public perception about what constitutes necessary care. When combined with fear of contracting the virus, many people have chosen to delay or postpone routine, follow-up and emergency care with potentially harmful effects.
- According to a statement by the American Hospital Association, there has been a drop in non-COVID-19 patients across the U.S.
- While stay-at-home orders are a large contributing factor, there is a growing concern among the healthcare community that patients, even those with severe illnesses, are avoiding hospitals out of fear.
- Delays in seeking or not seeking care can have a detrimental impact on patient health including: more severe clinical findings; poorer outcomes; and increased expenses related to postponing care.
Safety remains a top priority at the medical center for patients and caregiver employees and they continue to take the necessary precautions based on the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that any COVID-19 patients are not only cared for, but in safe and strict isolation away from general hospital areas.
PeaceHealth is aware that all health issues continue during a pandemic, and it is important to remember that clinics and hospitals are open for necessary appointments including recommended checkups, childhood immunizations, and emergent care including surgeries. Over the coming weeks, more services – such as diagnostic imaging which opens on May 4, non-elective surgeries and sleep lab studies – will be included.
If you need care:
###About PeaceHealth: Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth United General Medical Center, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in Sedro Woolley, serves communities in a 2,000 square mile area in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. As well as operating a Level IV Emergency Department, key services include acute inpatient rehabilitation, general and orthopedic surgery, oncology, pulmonary and primary care. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.
- Call your provider’s office or chat with your provider via My PeaceHealth.
- Video visits with primary care providers are now available.
- Call 9-1-1 if you or a loved one is experiencing an emergency including symptoms of a stroke or heart attack.