WHEELING — Wheeling Health Right is temporarily offering outpatient care for the treatment of acute and chronic illness during the week.
Clinic officials have lifted customary income, insurance and enrollment guidelines to ease the burden of local emergency departments and urgent care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis.
Executive Director Kathie Brown said this ensures that patients who are sick and cannot access their own doctor or are reluctant to risk contagion in ER waiting areas can be seen by a medical provider. Patients experiencing new symptoms of illness must call the clinic at 304-233-9323 prior to arriving at the clinic. The clinic cannot accept patients with prior conditions and/or illnesses treated by another provider.
Wheeling Health Right is not a COVID-19 testing site. However, providers can direct patients – and provide them with the required orders – to a testing site after clinic nurses triage their needs.
Brown said the clinic’s status as a community health care center allows flexibility in times of catastrophe.
“It’s important that Upper Ohio Valley residents know that we are a practical resource for their urgent health care needs,” she said. “Under our normal operation, we see patients who are uninsured or underinsured. However, for the meantime, we welcome patients who are having difficulty getting medical care for their acute illness.”
Once the COVID-19 crisis has lifted, the clinic will resume normal enrollment practices.
The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 304-233-9323 for more information on its short-term urgent health care services.