All patients will be seen, regardless of ability to pay
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2015) — In December more than 600 cases of flu were identified at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC). With the number of flu patients continuing to grow PMC will open a Flu Clinic on Monday.
The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week at the Family Practice Clinic, located at 184 South Mayo Trail in front of the Landmark Inn in Pikeville. Patients are advised to go to the clinic, not the emergency room.
“The Flu Clinic will allow us to treat patients quicker and more efficiently,” said PMC President/CEO Walter E. May. “In the Emergency Department, patients are evaluated by their symptoms. At the Flu Clinic patients may have less wait time.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, typical flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. The common cold and flu share many of the same symptoms, but these symptoms are typically more intense with flu.
“It is very important for individuals with flu symptoms to seek early evaluation from a health care provider, since the treatment for flu is most effective if initiated within the first 48 hours of symptom onset,” said Dr. Maleshea Dunning, PMC medical education and residency program director.
Patients of all ages are will be seen at the clinic and no appointment is necessary. The Family Practice Clinic accepts the same insurance and offers the same charity policies as the PMC Emergency Department. All patients will be seen regardless of their ability to pay.