In-person and telemedicine appointments are available
With so much focus on COVID-19, health care providers at Winona Health believe it’s important to remind people to not put off essential health needs.
Essential needs include immunizations, especially pediatric immunizations, managing new or ongoing health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, mental health and pain where there didn’t used to be pain. It’s also as important as ever to seek emergency care for potentially life-threatening issues such as heart attack or stroke.
“Several departments have received calls asking whether we are open,” said Sara Gabrick, chief operating officer. “The answer is yes! We know that other medical and health issues do not disappear because of a pandemic. Our staff is also here to provide care unrelated to the virus. We are open and available for our community through in-person visits, and telemedicine may be an option for some types of care.”
Those who have in-person visits will be asked screening questions over the phone the day before their visit and again when they arrive. They also will be asked to wear a cloth mask to their appointment if they have one (one will be provided if needed) and not bring others with them unless it’s absolutely necessary to have one other person.
As another option, Winona Health is encouraging the use of telemedicine visits to help people get support for ongoing health concerns, such as management of chronic conditions, nutrition education, mental health concerns, and follow-up visits for several types of procedures.
Telemedicine is a face-to-face visit with your health care provider through the use of technology. All that’s needed is a reliable internet connection and a smartphone, tablet or computer with a web camera and microphone, which are typically embedded in a computer or device. No programs or apps need to be downloaded. Telemedicine visits may be more convenient for patients by saving travel time.
Telemedicine visits and in-person clinic visits are both billed to insurance. Normal co-pays, co-insurances, and deductibles apply as defined by specific plans.
To schedule an appointment, call your health care provider or Winona Health’s main number 507-454-3650. Those who are interested in asking whether telemedicine is an option for their visit should call 507-457-7648.