Pandemic or not, it’s critical to seek medical care immediately in an emergency.
Across the country, health care organizations have reported a worrisome decline in patients seeking care for emergency conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a dangerous trend that’s occurring in our region, too.
“We are seeing some people who are waiting too long to come to the hospital,” says Dr. William Richmond, an emergency medicine physician and director of emergency services at Tidelands Health, our region’s largest health care provider. “That’s very concerning when you are experiencing something serious such as a heart attack, stroke, bad infection or fall.
“When you delay getting care, it can have significant impacts on your long-term health, and it can even be fatal. Tragically, we’ve seen that happen already during the pandemic.”