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Intermountain offering more medical services as COVID-19 restrictions relax

Posted at 7:29 PM, May 14, 2020

As Utah begins to relax restrictions due to COVID-19, Intermountain Healthcare is now scheduling certain ambulatory care and clinical services.

Last week, Intermountain began scheduling some surgical procedures with no overnight stays, which had been previously postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Caregiver and patient safety remain of upmost importance,” said Cherie Frame, Intermountain’s infection prevention director. “We will continue to accommodate and encourage video visits wherever possible and will be carefully assessing the impact of our decisions and are prepared to modify these guidelines if needed.”

Intermountain will now provide in-person care for patients in general good health, without COVID-19 and with normal risk for the virus, in the following areas:

  • Ambulatory clinic non-urgent services (examples: preventive care, wellness visits, chronic condition management, etc.)
  • Dialysis and kidney services
  • Homecare services
  • Hyperbaric and wound care services
  • Laboratory services
  • Non-urgent imaging services and screening mammography
  • Rehab, physical therapy, and occupational therapy services
  • Respiratory care and sleep services
  • Pain management
  • Pharmacy and retail services
  • Urgent dental services

For those patients with COVID-19 and/or at higher risk for COVID-19 complications (older adults and those with serious underlying medical conditions), video visits and urgent services will be provided. Patients are urged to consult with their provider to consider their options.

At all times, Intermountain provides emergency and time-sensitive surgical procedures, visits, and medical services to all patients.

Emergencies and other illnesses don’t stop during this time of COVID-19, that is why Intermountain has available resources, and separate treatment areas to care for those coming to the emergency department with non-respiratory or infectious symptoms and injuries.

For serious issues like chest pain, stroke like symptoms, high fever, shortness of breath, severe abdominal pain or any life-threatening illness or injury, call 9-1-1. Your care will be expedited by the EMS team. Please don’t wait.

During the orange classification Intermountain hospitals and clinics will continue to screen anyone coming into Intermountain hospitals and clinics. Intermountain’s current visitor guidelines also still apply.

"With the partnership of state and local government leaders, public health officials and other health systems, Intermoutnain will continue to monitor the level of COVID-19 risk to our communities and regularly update and work togehter toward recovery and stabilazation," said Frame.

“With the partnership of state and local government leaders, public health officials and other health systems, Intermountain will continue to monitor the level of COVID-19 risk to our communities and regularly update and work together toward recovery and stabilization, “ said Frame.