Taking care of your health is more important than ever.

Now, more than ever, many of us are focused on the state of our health. Staying at home more, avoiding large gathering, and wearing masks in public settings. These are the realities of living in the new COVID-19 era.

Health and medical safety extend beyond our risks for COVID-19, however.  There is so much more to address beyond the coronavirus, and delaying care for any issue can be detrimental to our health.

It’s natural to be fearful of contracting COVID-19 but delaying the healthcare services you need is never a good idea.

Recent reports have found that hospitals and clinics across the country have seen a dramatic decrease in patient visits. Alarmingly, one study found that as many as 50 percent of heart attack patients delayed care due to fear of COVID-19.

Heart-related events, including heart attacks and strokes, are medical emergencies that require immediate medical care. Other conditions, such as serious injuries and bleeding, also require prompt medical care.

Staying home and trying to wait out symptoms can allow a health condition to progress and lead to further suffering – or worse. If you need healthcare services, do not wait. Delaying medical care for serious health conditions can pose a serious risk to your health.

But it is also important not to skip medical care for minor health concerns and preventive care.

Wellness exams, cancer screenings, diabetes screenings and immunizations are all key to detecting potential health issues early and ensuring that you are in optimal health. If you are overdue for any of these, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.

Annual wellness exams allow your provider to evaluate your health and ensure that you are caught up on important health screenings. They also allow you and your provider to discuss any health issues or concerns that you might have so that you can take steps to improve your quality of life and improve your overall wellness.

Many families have suffered financial difficulties due to the pandemic. Fortunately, Medicare and most insurance plans cover wellness exams once a year. Wellness exams can also help patients save on medical bills down the road by catching health conditions early – or preventing them altogether.

In Jacksboro and surrounding communities, Faith Community Rural Health Clinics are open and seeing patients for a variety of health needs, including care for certain acute conditions and preventive screenings.

You can rest assured knowing that medical care is available in a safe environment at Faith Community Hospital and clinics in Jacksboro, Bowie, or Alvord.

Cleanliness is something that we always take seriously, and Faith Community Health System has taken extra steps to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

We have also recently begun offering telemedicine appointments so that you can access healthcare from the comfort of your own home.  Please contact your primary care physician to determine if you are a candidate for Telehealth.  

Appointments can be scheduled for several services, including DOT and sports physicals, Texas Health Steps, allergy shots, comprehensive adolescent and adult health services, prenatal care visits, well-women exams, Medicare screenings, immunizations, and annual wellness exams.

Your health cannot wait. Get the healthcare services you need to stay healthy.

For more information about annual wellness visits, or to find a local medical provider, please contact a Faith Community Rural Health Clinic in Jacksboro, Bowie, or Alvord.