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Due to the current public health emergency surrounding COVID-19, we want to keep you abreast of processes that SouthCoast Health is implementing to protect the health of our patients, employees and the community. LEARN MORE.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
A recent article in The Washington Post reports that, while hospitals have been filled with patients for coronavirus, other types of patients have simply stopped coming to the hospital. As stated in this Washington Post article, “Five weeks into a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, many doctors say the pandemic has produced a silent sub-epidemic of people who need care at hospitals but dare not come in. They include people with inflamed appendices, infected gall bladders, bowel obstructions, and, more ominously, chest pains and stroke symptoms, according to these physicians and early research.”
But why is this happening? Have people across the country simply become healthier? Unfortunately, no. People are just too afraid to walk into a hospital or physician’s office for fear of catching the coronavirus.
SouthCoast Health has seen a drastic decrease of patient visits for chronic care management. Patients with conditions such as diabetes, COPD, heart failure and hypertension are choosing to put off their scheduled or routine visits with their physicians. “This is a major and life-threatening issue sadly,” SouthCoast Health’s CEO John Marrero stated. “Because of this fear of COVID-19, treatment for many issues that benefit from early intervention are being delayed or not happening at all.”
SouthCoast Health recommends that you not be afraid to see your physician for whatever health reason you might be facing. When in doubt, it’s better to be safe rather than be sorry. Our facilities have taken extreme precautions to keep our offices safe for patient visits. Additionally, SouthCoast Health is happy to offer virtual visits when possible.
If you have a chronic condition that requires routine checks and you have not seen your physician as prescribed, please contact your physician’s office as soon as possible. Don’t be afraid to do what is necessary for your health.
Whether you are looking for a primary care doctor or a pediatrician, or another medical specialist, SouthCoast Health has you covered with its wide range of world-class healthcare services, available throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. SouthCoast Health has 120 physicians and medical professionals in 18 locations in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Pooler, Rincon, Baxley, Bluffton, Hilton Head, and Hinesville. SouthCoast Health offers comprehensive medical services including: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunity, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Eye Care, Imaging, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Sleep Medicine, Surgery, Clinical Trial Research Studies, Diabetic Self-Management Training Sessions, Dietetic Counseling, High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic, Laboratory Services, Massage Therapy, Optical Shop, Pharmacy, and Urgent Care.