By Barbara Brown
(Tumon, Guam) The Joint Information Center provided the following information related to various health needs:
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness (COR) 2 as of 6:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors until COR 4 is declared. As Super Typhoon Hagibis approaches the Marianas, the Mayors’ Council of Guam has announced that Senior Centers and Adult Day Care centers will be closed on Tuesday. Residents are also encouraged to take note of the following healthcare updates:
Department of Public Health and Social Services
The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) announces that the Northern Regional Community Health Center (NRCHC) in Dededo and the Southern Regional Community Health Center (SRCHC) in Inarajan will be open at 9:30 p.m. and remain open for the duration of the storm. The following limited services will be provided once the healthcare centers open:
Patients who need oxygen therapy due to loss of power (patients may bring their own oxygen machines).
Patients should also bring necessities such as water, food, and medications.
Please bring only one individual to accompany you to the center.
A doctor will be available to treat patients for non life-threatening injuries (i.e. minor cuts and abrasions) and those needing urgent care services (i.e. breathing treatments, IV fluid therapy, treatment for minor infections, etc.)
If you are experiencing a life-threatening condition, please call 911 or proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room.
For more information, please contact the health centers directly:
- Northern Region CHC: 635-7400 or 635-4410.
- Southern Region CHC: 828-7515, 828-7516, or 828-7517.
Guam Memorial Hospital Authority
The Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) began accepting expectant mothers at 8 p.m. and will continue to accept expectant mothers should they decide to come in later. This is for expectant mothers who are at least thirty-eight (38) weeks pregnant and all high-risk expectant mothers who are six months or more into their pregnancy.
Mothers are asked to check with their healthcare providers for guidance if they are unsure if they have a high-risk pregnancy. Upon arrival, check in at GMHA’s Patient Registration Department on the first floor. Expectant mothers will remain at the hospital for the duration of the storm until it is determined safe to return to their homes.
All expectant mothers are asked to enjoy a complete meal before they check into the hospital. Sleepers, pillows and blankets will be provided. All expectant mothers who need to come to GMHA are asked to bring the following for their comfort and convenience:
1. ID and insurance cards;
2. Drinking water and snacks that do not need refrigeration or heating;
3. Any needed medications;
4. Personal toiletries (soap, toothbrush, lotions, etc.);
5. Change of clothing;
6. Small entertainment devices, reading materials, playing cards, board games, etc.
No personal pillows, blankets and linens; and
No escorts, children or pets will be allowed to accompany the pregnant mothers.
For the Community’s safety:
Regular visiting hours will resume at the declaration of COR 4.
Outpatient Elective Surgeries are postponed until further notice upon declaration of COR 4.
Guam Regional Medical City
The Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) has suspended all visiting hours as of COR 2. All visitors, except patient watchers, have been asked to leave the hospital.
All admitted patients may have one patient watcher per patient. Patient watchers must obtain an approved emergency patient watcher badge from Customer Relations in the Main Lobby. Patient watchers are encouraged to bring food for the duration of the storm (please bring meals that do not require refrigeration). Meals will only be provided to patients.
All patients with scheduled appointments for Tuesday, October 8, 2019, will be contacted for rescheduling.
For more information, please contact GRMC’s Marketing & Communications Department, Charly Lauron at 687-5572 or Cindy Hanson at 486-4246 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naval Hospital Guam
At this time, the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam remains open and will continue with normal operations.
U.S. RENAL CARE DIALYSIS CENTERS
U.S. Renal Care Dialysis Centers will be open tomorrow, October 8, 2019. Patients will be contacted if there are changes to scheduled appointments. Patients are encouraged to contact the centers directly for more information.
U.S. Renal Care – Dededo: 637-3068
U.S. Renal Care – Finegayan: 588-0020
U.S. Renal Care – Sinajana: 475-3600
U.S. Renal Care – Tamuning: 646-3516
U.S. Renal Care – Tumon: 646-3773
GDOE Dengue Informational Briefing
The Guam Department of Education and Department of Public Health and Social Services dengue informational briefing scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 6 p.m. at Merizo Elementary School is postponed until further notice.