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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

MaineHealth hospitals are well-prepared for infectious disease outbreaks in the communities we serve. You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus) by staying informed and following safety recommendations.

Read more: https://mainehealth.org/healthy-communities/coronavirus

Mid Coast Hospital is working to ensure that our patients and employees are kept as safe and protected as possible from the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

We are prepared and responding appropriately and following World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Our staff is educated on how to safely screen and care for patients who seek medical attention for symptoms associated with COVID-19.

As your local healthcare system, Mid Coast Hospital remains committed to caring for the health of our community. We continue to monitor the progression of the COVID-19 virus daily. The hospital holds drills on a regular basis for these types of situations, and these plans can be implemented should the situation escalate.

Safety Measures & Priorities for Restoring Services

On May 21, Mid Coast Hospital announced enhanced safety measures and set criteria for which patients would be seen as it restores some services in accordance with state guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read more.

  • Social distancing measures and masking will continue at all facilities.
  • All patients who are scheduled for inpatient or outpatient surgical procedures will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Non-COVID-19 care areas will be established wherever possible and will be staffed with dedicated care team members.
  • Patients will be tested preoperatively if their recovery could be affected by a progression of asymptomatic infection.
  • All care team members will be screened daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and kept from the workplace for testing and quarantine if they show signs of infection.
  • By June 1, all patients admitted to Mid Coast Hospital, whether they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or not, will be tested for the virus. (This will greatly reduce the chances of transmission from asymptomatic patients and lessen the chance that patients will have post-surgical complications from COVID-19.)
  • By June 1, testing for COVID-19 will also be offered to more patients who exhibit symptoms of an infection, even some who do not have underlying health conditions or are not a healthcare or other essential worker.

Changes to Outpatient Services

As part of our response to COVID-19, Mid Coast Hospital has temporarily changed the availability and location of some of our outpatient services.

Note that in all facilities, patients and visitors will be screened upon entering. This means a care team member will ask a series of screening questions, including whether you have a fever, a new cough in the last 14 days, shortness of breath, a sore throat or a runny nose. Sick individuals will be re-directed to an appropriate point of care.

Laboratory:

  • The laboratory service centers at Bath Internal Medicine, Topsham Internal Medicine, and the Mid Coast Hospital Parkview Campus remain open.
  • The laboratory service center at Brunswick Primary Care Downtown at Brunswick Station is temporarily closed to the public.
  • The Mid Coast Hospital Laboratory at 123 Medical Center Drive is temporarily reserved for in-patient needs.
  • Routine, non-essential laboratory tests should be postponed.

Mid Coast Medical Group

  • The providers of Mid Coast Medical GroupBrunswick Primary Care have relocated to Mid Coast Medical GroupFamily Practice at Parkview, located at 329 Maine Street in Brunswick.
  • Patients requiring Coumadin management will be seen at Mid Coast Medical GroupPhysiatry & Pain Management located at 81 Medical Center Drive.
  • The providers of Mid Coast Medical GroupWound & Ostomy Care have relocated to 121 Medical Center Drive, Suite 2550, in Brunswick.
  • In order to improve access while reducing exposure, telephone and Telehealth consultations are available in our Walk-In Clinic and Primary Care practices. Learn more.

Maternity

Pediatrics

  • Pediatric walk-in hours at Mid Coast Pediatrics are not currently available. Please call the practice for an appointment: (207) 721-8333.
  • Children with fever, cough, or cold symptoms should call the office for screening and direction to an appropriate point of care. If your child needs to be evaluated for a respiratory illness, he/she will be seen at the Mid Coast Pediatrics office located at 81 Medical Center Drive.
  • The providers will see non-respiratory ill patients at the Mid Coast Pediatrics office at 121 Medical Center Drive.

Additional Updates

  • Health Information Management is not accepting walk-ins for medical record requests at this time. Please call (207) 373-6277 to speak with a Release of Information Representative who will be able to assist with your request.
  • Community members have asked us what they can do to help. Mid Coast Hospital is very grateful for any level of assistance you can provide, and we are so appreciative of the community's support. Please find key ways to help on our How You Can Help page: www.midcoasthealth.com/how-you-can-help/.

 

Information for Patients

If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, please call your primary care provider before coming to the practice, Walk-In Clinic, or Emergency Department. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1. Calling first ensures you will get the best care possible while keeping others safe. Our providers will use the most recent screening guidelines to assess whether or not you should be tested.

Our COVID-19 Information Line is also available to answer questions and provide guidance by calling (207) 373-6699.

Visitor Restrictions

In response to the increased risk of community spread of COVID-19 in Maine, Mid Coast Hospital is limiting visitors. Click here to read more.

Main Entrance Closure

In order to better coordinate patient access during the COVID-19 outbreak, Mid Coast Hospital’s Main Entrance is currently closed.

  • Patients with an appointment at our Medical Office Building, 121 Medical Center Drive: please continue to use the Medical Office Building main entrance.
  • All other outpatient visits including surgery, lab, and diagnostic imaging should use the South Entrance, located to the left of the Emergency entrance.
  • The Emergency entrance will be used for visitors needing emergency medical attention only.

All entrances will be screening individuals and have wheelchair availability and greeters available to assist those with mobility concerns.

Recommended Precautions

We recommend the following precautions to prevent and prepare for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch your face (especially mouth, nose, or eyes) with unwashed hands
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Keep cleaning supplies on hand at home, in your workspace, and in your automobile so you can routinely wipe frequently used surfaces and hands

Resources

For the most recent information at all times, check credible websites such as the coronavirus pages maintained by Maine CDC (www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/) and U.S. CDC (www.cdc.gov).


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