Don't delay emergency care

Bayhealth Is Here For Your Safety—Don’t Delay Emergency Care

Friday, August 7, 2020 | Emergency Care

The coronavirus pandemic and the responses of healthcare facilities around the world have naturally raised some public concerns around Emergency Department (ED) visits. An alarming result is that, out of fear, many people are delaying or avoiding urgent care—putting their health and lives in jeopardy. Bayhealth wants to assure people that significant measures have been taken to maintain the utmost safety of each patient who walks through their doors. The EDs at Bayhealth, Kent and Sussex Campuses and Bayhealth Emergency Center, Smyrna are operating as usual 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle all non-COVID-19 related emergencies. 

“Your health and safety are our highest priority and we are here and prepared to serve you in the safest manner possible. We have separate care plans for COVID and non-COVID patients and caregivers for COVID patients wear the appropriate PPE,” said Medical Director of Emergency Services Kelly Abbrescia, DO. “Please do not delay in coming to us for your urgent medical needs or calling 911 for a medical emergency. We want to make sure that you or your loved one get the care needed when it’s needed most. We continue to clean and disinfect all areas at Bayhealth and ask the public to continue to wear masks as appropriate, wash hands and practice social distancing.” 

If you’re experiencing severe symptoms or a serious injury it’s crucial to visit the ED as soon as possible to avoid worsening and lasting health consequences. For children that need to be seen in the ED, a parent is able to remain with them. In the case of a life-threatening situation, including signs of a heart attack or stroke, call 911 immediately.