Health

QMG limits in-person visits to urgent needs, but telehealth visits available

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Mar. 22, 2020 12:20 am

QUINCY -- Quincy Medical Group will remain open as an essential business based on the shelter-in-place order issued by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, but for at least the next two weeks, in-person visits will be only for urgent needs.

Non-urgent in-person appointments will be rescheduled, but virtual, or telehealth, visits will be available.

QMG Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Schlepphorst said the use of telehealth is another line of defense against COVID-19, enabling patients to practice social distancing and reduce exposure.

"For patients in need of medical treatment who do not want to, or cannot, leave their homes, telehealth is an effective option," he said. "During these telehealth visits, if patients are determined to need further evaluation, our health care providers can coordinate those next steps."

Telehealth can be delivered via video conference, smartphone or landline phone call, and patients may be seen for any diagnosis, not just COVID-19-related concerns.

To find out if a QMG provider is offering telehealth services, call his or her office directly, or visit the telehealth website at quincymedgroup.com/telehealth/.

QMG providers will continue to see patients for appointments related to workers compensation claims. Urgent needs will be determined by the providers and their patients.

If patients are not exhibiting flu-like symptoms and plan to see their provider in-person, QMG has implemented screening processes at entrances to screen patients and visitors. Patients are screened for fever, cough, respiratory symptoms and/or shortness of breath. If patients have symptoms or have a temperature, they will be asked to return to their cars and to call the QMG hotline at 217-277-4001 for additional screening.