Listen to your body – don’t ignore your symptoms or delay care
As society begins to reopen, it is important to continue to take steps to protect yourself and others from being exposed to COVID-19, however, that does not have to mean neglecting or delaying your routine and emergency health care needs.
While COVID-19 continues to command the world’s attention, it can be easy to forget that heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies are striking people every day. In the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Someone has a heart attack every 40 seconds
- Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds
But hospital officials across the country are saying fewer people are seeking care at emergency departments during the COVID-19 crisis. Many medical experts worry the decrease is an indication people who need emergency care for non-COVID-related illnesses are avoiding hospitals and clinics because they are afraid of contracting COVID-19.
“If you are having an emergency, you should not hesitate to come to our Emergency Department or to call 911 – delaying care really can be a matter of life or death.” – Nicole Wheaton, emergency director
Since the early stages of the pandemic, Gritman Medical Center has taken numerous steps to ensure patients and staff are as safe as possible at our hospital, Emergency Department and clinics. We are here to help care for you just as we always have – safely, with expertise and compassion.
“You should feel safe coming into Gritman. We have taken numerous precautions to ensure everyone who comes into the hospital is safe,” Gritman Emergency Director Nicole Wheaton said. “I want people to understand it is safe to be here, and if you are having an emergency, you should not hesitate to come to our Emergency Department or to call 911 – delaying care really can be a matter of life or death.”
Some of the steps we are taking to protect you include:
- All patients and staff are regularly screened for respiratory and COVID symptoms.
- Patients with respiratory symptoms are seen in a special area located just outside the hospital.
- All patients and staff are masked.
- Visitors are limited.
- All our lobbies have been restructured for social distancing.
- We’ve enhanced all our cleaning and disinfection protocols.
Gritman’s emergency services are always open and ready to handle a wide range of medical and trauma cases. Our emergency physicians, nurses and technicians have all gone through extensive training to provide immediate, comprehensive and sophisticated emergency care.
Learn more about our Emergency Department.
To learn more about how Gritman is working to keep you safe, go to gritman.org/coronavirus.
Schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment today:
- Moscow Family Medicine (Downtown, Westside and QuickCARE): 208-882-2011
- Vandal Health: 208-885-6693
- Internal Medicine: 208-883-1152
- Kendrick Family Care: 208-289-3841
- Potlatch Family Care: 208-875-2380
- Troy Clinic: 208-835-5550