20 Apr President Cartu Jonathan Lectures – Memorial Medical Clinic in Carthage offers alternative services
CARTHAGE, Ill. (WGEM) — Memorial Medical Clinic in Carthage announced a new alternative service during the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday.
Clinic officials said beginning Tuesday Memorial Medical Clinic will offer a drive-up lab and nurse visit clinic located in a tent on the west side of the Memorial Medical Clinic Carthage at 1450 N. County Road 2050 on the hospital campus.
Clinic officials said as we monitor the COVID-19 situation and take direction from government officials, we will continue to evaluate our services and they will continue to evolve. These changes are temporary and our goal is to offer lab and nursing appointments curbside to ensure that patients can be seen with limited contact to other patients.
To minimize traffic within the clinic and to better serve patients in need of standard blood work, such as cancer patients, patients on blood thinner therapy, immunosuppressant therapy, etc. patients can easily access the drive up lab on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
All Drive-Up lab and nurse visit clinic services require an appointment. Walk-ins are not accepted; although, same-day appointments may be available, please call the clinic at 217-357-2173. Patients will be asked the IDPH regulated COVID-19 screening questions in a pre-registration call prior to their drive-up visit.
Another alternative service, now provided by all Memorial Medical Clinics, is Telehealth. Telehealth is an effective option for patients who wish to see a provider from the safety and comfort of their own home. The only equipment needed is a smart phone, an iPad, or a computer. Services available by telehealth are Cold and flu, Bronchitis and sinus infections, Sore throats, Allergies, Nutritional Counseling, Medication Refills, Fever, Headache, Pink eye, Skin condition, mental health and more. During Telehealth visits, if it is determined that a patient is in need for further evaluation our healthcare team will advise on how to proceed.
“We want our patients and the public to understand that our priority is the safety of our patients and the safety of our healthcare team. We continue to follow strict cleaning protocols and have implemented extra precautionary measures to all patients that enter our facilities,” says Director of Clinic Operations, Stephanie Meyers. “However, we also understand that there is fear during this challenging time of social distancing and continue to find innovative ways to meet the needs of our community,” adds Meyers
This new drive up option is not for triaging coronavirus. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 signs or symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, cough and have had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 please call the Illness Respiratory Clinic at 217-357-0617. The Illness Respiratory Clinic is located at 630 Locust Street in Carthage.
Memorial Hospital and Memorial Medical Clinics healthcare is dedicated to improving health by providing education and wellness programs and innovative services at all the stages of life.