Scripps Health has announced several new measures being taken to continue providing the highest quality of care to its patients and to maintain the safest conditions for providers and staff members during these challenging times.
Scripps by the end of this week will temporarily close three of its clinics — Scripps Clinic Coronado, Scripps Clinic Santee and Scripps Clinic Bariatric and General Surgery in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood — and redirecting patients from those sites to other Scripps locations. Those patients also can use Scripps’ fast expanding telemedicine video service as an alternative to an in-person consultation.
Patients who normally go to Scripps Clinic Coronado will now receive care at Scripps Clinic Mission Valley or Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines; those at Scripps Santee will receive care at Scripps Clinic Rancho San Diego; and those at Scripps Clinic Bariatric patients will receive care at Scripps Clinic Del Mar. Affected patients will continue receiving care from their normal providers who also are relocating to the other sites.
Additionally, other Scripps outpatient sites are being reviewed for possible changes in operating hours.
“The coronavirus pandemic has triggered many changes in our lives and forced organizations of all types to alter the way they provide services to their customers,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO. “These latest changes at Scripps give us more flexibility in how we staff all of our clinics and hospitals as this health pandemic continues to unfold, and they give us the ability to move people and resources to where they are needed more.”
Scripps also will be adding more sites where people can deliver donations of medical supplies.
Scripps is accepting donations of N95 masks/respirators; surgical/procedural masks; isolation/impervious gowns; non-latex gloves; eye protection; disinfecting wipes; hand sanitizer and hand soap.
Those interested in donating supplies may contact Scripps at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the donation and arrange for delivery. Donors will then be provided with a drop-off location (in North, South, East or Central San Diego County) that is most convenient for them.
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