LIVONIA – Premier Medicine is now offering outpatient video appointments and drive-up testing to help ease the burden on hospitals amid the Coronavirus pandemic. With a significant number of urgent and primary care facilities closing, Premier Medicine has opened a testing center and telemedicine hub to allow residents to seek treatment while maintaining the social distancing measures needed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“The health care system is not prepared for the surge of COVID-19 patients coming in the next few days, there’s simply not enough beds,” said Dr. Nabil Suliman of Premier Medicine. “Every person who is not seriously ill that we can treat via telemedicine helps reduce the patient flow into hospitals and emergency rooms. The ability to adjust and provide alternative care options is critical to the entire health system’s ability to save lives and slow the spread of this virus.”
By treating patients via telemedicine and offering drive-up Coronavirus testing, Premier is working seven days per week to help reduce the number of patients admitted to the hospital as the entire state seeks ways to prevent overcrowding in hospitals. Telemedicine saves time, space and equipment for hospital staff stretched thin to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Personal protective equipment, ventilators, and hospital beds are becoming scarcer by the second,” Dr. Suliman said. “Hospitals are going to be forced to make life and death decisions due to the lack of resources. It’s incumbent on all of us to step up and deliver quality care to patients who don’t require hospitalization so hospitals can do what they do best – save lives.”
Those wishing to schedule a telemedicine appointment should call 248.987.1260 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Drive-up testing is only provided to patients who are suspected of having COVID-19 following their telemedical exam. Tests will not be provided without an examination. Premier Medicine accepts all patients, including the uninsured and under-insured.