Pennyrile District Health Department Updates Service Model | New
District-wide service changes were detailed last Friday by the Pennyrile District Health Department.
The continuing COVID-19 pandemic was the reason for the update. COVID-19 appointments can be made in person at clinics, although PDHD staff strongly recommend calling ahead.
“While we accept walk-in vaccination appointments, we strongly encourage patients to make an appointment to avoid long wait times. Appointments will be served first, and there is an additional wait time for walk-in visits due to vaccine preparation required, ”according to a press release from the PDHD. “Like many organizations, we are understaffed in all of our local health departments and are doing all we can to meet the demand and serve our communities.”
COVID Clinic Days will allow patients to wait as quickly as possible, and PDHD staff suggest making an appointment on these days.
The Livingston County Department of Health will host its clinic on Monday. The Caldwell County Department of Health will host its clinic on Tuesday. The Lyon County Health Service clinic is Wednesday and the Crittenden County Health Service and Trigg County Health Service clinic is Thursday.
There are also service changes in COVID-19 rapid testing in clinics. The tests are to be carried out outdoors in vehicles. Nurses will meet patients where they are. Appointments must be made in advance on telephone request.
“We have limited appointment hours for COVID testing and we are moving to appointment-only service. We can no longer accept last minute calls for this service, ”the statement said.
Local health services are undergoing staffing adjustments – readily available and on-demand services are altered to accommodate the capacity of clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic.