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Medical professionals urge patients to continue seeking non-COVID medical care if needed

Officials with Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City say it’s extremely...
Officials with Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City say it’s extremely important for those still seeking routine medical care to show up for their checkups and exams. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 19, 2020 at 7:53 PM CDT
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Officials with Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center in Panama City say it’s extremely important for those still seeking routine medical care to show up for their checkups and exams.

Brad Griffin, the CEO of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center said, “If you delay seeking out healthcare there’s a good chance that your condition could become an emergent condition. It’s best to go ahead and seek out routine healthcare to prevent it from becoming an emergent State.”

That’s why they’ve taken extra precautions for patients including screening at the door, handing out masks, and separating COVID-19 patients from others.

“So there’s no chance of interaction with anybody or danger of being infected,” said Griffin.

Just down the road at Florida Cancer Affiliates, they’re also urging patients to keep up with routine checkups and exams as missed cancer treatments could turn deadly.

Syed Mahmood, a medical oncologist and hematologist said, “If you don’t treat your cancer, you’re in bad shape. It’s very important patients, even those who are suspicious of COVID, they need to continue the cancer care.”

Chris Haberman, a medical oncologist said, “During COVID, with chemotherapy and treatment options, they need to be on top of this and not miss appointments.”

From cardiology to cancer treatments and everything in between, medical professionals say patients should not wait until it’s too late to go to the doctor.

Doctor Steven Finkelstein, with Florida Cancer Affiliates, said, “So, I know there’s a lot of people out there who are nervous, a lot of people out there who are afraid of what COVID represents but serious cancers like pancreatic cancer and brain cancer don’t care unfortunately that there are other things going on in the world.”

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