Amid this coronavirus pandemic, telemedicine is emerging as a vital part of the “new normal”. Since the virus can be very contagious and may cause widespread transmission, many patients who need medical advice are now turning to telemedicine as their lifeline.
Urgent Care Palm Beach Gardens now offers telemedicine urgent care in Florida. This service provides a way to treat patients without actual or in-person contact, promoting physical distancing. It serves as the first line of defence to ensure that the virus does not get transmitted to more people while the patients receive the medical guidance they need.
How COVID-19 Changed Telemedicine
Virtually overnight, the coronavirus pandemic changed how patients receive medical care. For instance, as soon as states imposed lockdowns, Medicare expanded its coverage to include telemedicine for all ages.
Before coronavirus, Medicare used to be strict about telemedicine for patients above 65 years old who live in remote or rural areas. Now, those above 65 years old are actually encouraged to get an assessment, especially if they suspect they have COVID-19, via telemedicine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also encourages clinics and healthcare providers to make their facilities COVID-19 ready with telemedicine.
Getting Screened for COVID-19 via Telemedicine
Telemedicine COVID-19 check-ups are normally carried out through a phone or a computer connected to the internet. All the patients need to do is to schedule a telemedicine appointment with us and wait for our call. We will guide you on how to access our portal and go through a virtual or video screening.
If video screening is not possible, we may also offer telephone screening. Regardless of the technology used (video or audio), our doctors will ask the patients if they are experiencing very common COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, dry cough, feeling tired or fatigued.
According to the World Health Organization, some of the less common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- sore throat
- body aches and pains
- loss of taste or smell
- difficulty in breathing
- chest pain
Patients may also be asked if they were recently in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If the doctor determines that the patient may need further tests, then this is the only time for the patient to be advised to undergo COVID-19 testing in Palm Beach. Patients who want to avail of COVID-19 testing will have to call our clinic or make an online appointment. We offer both nasopharyngeal swab test (also known as Polymerase Chain Reaction or PCR test) and IgG antibody test for immunity in all of our clinic locations.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, telemedicine referrals to testing sites must meet certain criteria. If the patient does not present a fever above 100.4°F, the best thing to do is to stay home, isolate, and regularly check in with the primary care provider through telemedicine check-ups.
If you want to get treatment for other health concerns, our clinic locations remain open. For walk-in patients, please observe physical distancing, wear a mask, and observe other safety procedures. We make sure that our facility is safe and abides by strict health guidelines set by the CDC.
Avail of our new services – telemedicine urgent care in Florida, COVID-19 testing in Palm Beach
For your health concerns in the time of COVID-19, you may consult our physicians at Urgent Care of the Palm Beach Gardens through our telemedicine services. Our locations remain open seven days a week to deliver health services to our patients and the community:
- Forest hill urgent care
- West Palm Beach urgent care
- North Palm Beach urgent care
Likewise, if you have any questions about COVID-19, feel free to contact our clinic. We are more than willing to answer any questions you might have about the disease.
The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.