Beginning Monday, May 11, The Bellevue Hospital’s Outpatient Laboratory Services will require patients to schedule appointments for routine lab draws before arriving at the hospital.
“Walk-in lab volumes can be unpredictable, particularly as the state begins to open back up,” said Sara Brokaw, vice president of patient care services at The Bellevue Hospital.“Moving to scheduled appointments ensures that we can maintain proper physical distancing practices in waiting areas. This will keep patients and staff safe, while still providing the needed lab blood draw services.”
Patients are asked to call centralized scheduling to schedule appointments and pre-register at 419-483-4040, Ext. 3067. Walk-ins will not be permitted at this time.
Hours will remain 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1400 W. Main Street, Suite D, Bellevue, located in the medical offices behind the hospital.
“When arriving for an outpatient visit, it is best for the patient to arrive close to the scheduled time,” Brokaw added. “Please remember to wear your own cloth face coverings upon arrival to our hospital, outpatient clinics and physicians’ offices and to keep the covering on while traveling through our hospital and medical offices.”
To protect patients from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), TBH has put standard precautions in place including restricting visitors, staggering appointment times to reduce multiple patients in waiting rooms, utilizing masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), and screening both staff and patients by checking temperatures and asking about symptoms of flu-like illnesses.
On Monday, March 30,the outpatient lab blood draws were moved to a new location as an extra measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other flu-like illnesses. This location is designated for routine blood collection and no weekend routine collections will be available. Currently, Family Health Services in Clyde and TBH’s main blood draw area have suspended offering these services.
For more information on TBH’s Laboratory Services, visit https://www.bellevuehospital.com/services/laboratory-services.