STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - One center at a local hospital has resumed in-person services for its patients.
Patients in Oktibbeha County can now visit their doctor in person, but only for some services.
Meanwhile, workers at OCH Regional Medical Center are implementing new strategies at the center to keep the environment safe.
“We realize that, you know, that this is a stand-alone clinic and we’re not utilizing any PPE," Dr. Chip Wall, a surgical breast oncologist, said. "And screening mammograms is an important medical service that we want to resume for our patients.”
PPE, also known as personal protective equipment, includes masks and gloves.
Wall said the hospital's Breast Health & Imaging Center stayed open during the coronavirus pandemic. But although the building was open, not many patients went in and out.
The administration suspended some services including mammograms, which stopped on March 19. He said because mammograms are considered essential, the center resumed that service on Monday.
“It’s an essential service, and we're just happy to start that back, albeit slowly, but we’re glad to get the services restarted.”
They ask patients to arrive at the center with a cloth mask. If you don't have one, the center will provide you with one. Then the office staff will screen you at the door for symptoms or a fever.
“Patients are staying in their car and doing their paperwork," Wall said. "And they’re being called in one-at-a-time. So there’s only one patient in the breast center at one time.”
Wall said once the mammogram is finished, the staff will escort the patient outside and call them with the results.
The hospital also announced the Pain Management Center is accepting new patients through telemedicine.