Two Fla. Hospitals Providing Free Telehealth Care This Week
Sept. 13—DAVENPORT—Free non-emergency medical care will be provided via electronic devices to area residents through midnight Friday.
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and Lake Wales Medical Center are offering the free telehealth visits on Virtual Health Connect as a service during the post-storm recovery, said Tracey Guerrero, spokeswoman for the two, private, for-profit hospitals.
Access to free virtual visits on Virtual Health Connect can be made through an internet connection on any mobile device, tablet or desktop by visiting http://VirtualHealthIrma.com. At the time of visit, patients can enter coupon code IRMA to have their visit free of charge.
Virtual Health Connect provides live access to physicians and nurse practitioners. according to a news release. The service is intended for patients who need to see a doctor for health issues, such as sinus problems, fever, ear infections, cold and flu symptoms, allergies, migraines, stomach pain, and other minor issues.
The doctor will evaluate and diagnose the patient, and if feasible and appropriate, send prescriptions to the pharmacy—just like an in-office doctor's appointment, Guerrero said.
"The Polk County community is resilient and already working hard to clean up and to get their lives back to normal. This week, however, many physician practices are closed and traveling to your physician's office or an urgent care clinic might be difficult," Ann Barnhart, Market CEO for Heart of Florida and Lake Wales Medical Center, said in a news release.
"Making it more convenient to talk with a clinician about your or your loved ones' medical needs is one way we can lend a hand to those who've been impacted by the storm," she said.