SGCMH Urges Patients to not Delay Necessary Care

7/21/2020

SGCMH Urges Patients to not Delay Necessary Care

Wearing masks and staying 6 feet away from others is a good cautionary measure during the coronavirus pandemic, even when visiting the doctor. When fears drive ailing people away from hospitals, though, it could be dangerous. Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) has a very strong message right now and that’s don’t delay necessary health care.

An April study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology said admissions for a serious type of heart attack known as STEMI dropped 38% after March 1, after the pandemic hit. In national news reports, people have specifically cited coronavirus worries as the reason for avoiding hospitals.

Missy Sutton, Assistant CEO at SGCMH, said this pandemic is likely to go on for months, people need to make sure they are getting timely care for all of the things that they need. And, that means if someone is having something that on any other day, they would be calling an ambulance, they should call an ambulance or come to the ER.

“Don’t wait if you’re having signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke,” said Sutton. “It is safe for you to come to our emergency department and clinics. We have masks available to everyone who walks in our doors; we are keeping patients distanced from one another; we are using precautions between each patient; and we have hand sanitizer in more places. Our goal is to keep the community safe, and we’re here to help.”

Sutton also encourages patients to use the Bloomsdale and Pointe Basse Walk-In Clinics, both of which have put more safety measures in place.

“The walk-in clinics are very convenient, so if you’re out with your family and you have an insect bite that’s looks infected, or other non-urgent illness, come to one of our walk-in clinics,” she said. “We see patients of all ages. Temperatures are taken at the door and masks will be given to wear if you don’t have one. If your illness is more than the clinic can handle, they’ll send you to the emergency room and get you the help you need.”

The Bloomsdale Walk-in Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Pointe Basse Walk-In Clinic in Ste. Genevieve is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sutton said it’s just as important for people to keep up with their checkups and screenings.

“Cancer prevention and cancer screenings are so important,” she said.  “It’s safe to come to the hospital for testing and treatment. We don’t’ want any diagnosis to be delayed. The earlier that we can identify cancer, cardiac risk, diabetes--all of these chronic conditions, the better outcome you will have.”

Added safety precautions have also been put in place at the hospital. Visitors must check in at the hospital’s front lobby only during normal business hours or at the ER after hours, and must have their temperatures taken.

“It’s a fluid situation and we’re watching what’s going on in the community,” said Sutton. “If there is a spike in cases, we may have to restrict visitation even further. However, we want our patients to see their family. People need support and they want to see a smile from a family member. We just want to do it safely here.”

Sutton gave kudos to the residents of Ste. Genevieve who she feels have done a great job so far in following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID 19. As of this writing, there have been just over 23 positive cases reported in Ste. Genevieve.

“We are very appreciative of all the steps that the community has taken, and they have been very patient given that this is a new virus and things can change very quickly,” Sutton said. “We all have to be watching and learning as this continues, but Ste. Genevieve has done an amazing job with wearing masks, washing their hands, using hand sanitizer and social distancing. It’s working.”

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is a critical access, rural community hospital.  Our professional staff uses advanced technology and medicine to provide the community with excellent, personalized, and compassionate healthcare. For more information on Ste. Genevieve County Hospital protocols and COVID-19, visit stegenevievehospital.org.

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