Spencer Medical Community Offers Option of Virtual Appointments
on Friday, March 27, 2020
Being cared for by a health professional can be challenging during the current need for social distancing due to the COVID-19 health emergency. Locally, Avera Medical Group Spencer (AMGS), Spencer Hospital and Milford Family Care have options for telehealth visits with its providers, when appropriate.
“Our healthcare team is excited to be able to offer virtual visits, when appropriate for the patient and his or her health needs,” remarked Dr. Amanda Young, family practice physician with AMGS. “I’ve used this system with my patients several times this week and it works beautifully. It’s a safe way to see patients in the comfort in their own homes and meet their healthcare needs.”
At Spencer Hospital, virtual appointments are also being used by rehabilitative services for some patients, as well as for diabetic education consultations and maternal child health visits for existing Community Health clients.
Patients of the respective clinics and services need to call first and during that phone call, it will be determined by healthcare staff if the patient’s visit is appropriate for telehealth. If so, an appointment time will be scheduled and a website link is sent to the patient. No special applications are necessary and the internet link works on smart phones, tablets and computers.
“Some patients will still need to be physically seen, especially if they need a test conducted,” Dr. Young explained. “However, telehealth is a wonderful solution for some patients, allowing them to have an important medical appointment, therapy, or consultation without leaving their homes. It also supports our community’s need to respect the critical importance of social distancing.”
Sue Terrell, nurse practitioner at Sioux Rapids Family Care, and Jamie Billings, nurse practitioner at Milford Family Care, will also available for virtual appointments.
Clinic Phone Numbers:
Avera Medical Group Spencer – (712) 264-3500
Milford Family Care – (712) 338-2461
Sioux Rapids Family Care – (712) 283-2723