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VA Clinics To Veterans: Just Call, Healthcare Still Available


Healthcare workers are assuring veterans that coronavirus restrictions won’t limit their healthcare.

They’re only asking veterans to call before visiting a VA clinic to limit coronavirus exposure.

Associate Director for Patient Care at Roudebush VA Medical Center Dr. Christie Artuso says it’s been a difficult time, but health providers remain available.

“They can call here at the clinic, they have access to healthcare services in their home community, either through our clinic or through their local hospitals, and we’re helping them really determine where their needs are best met,” Artuso says.

She says most needs can be met through video conferencing, emails, or phone calls.

VA healthcare providers say the pandemic might feel like a “pause button” for their mental health patients, but they shouldn’t worry about falling behind in their treatments.

Artuso says the best plan is to call the provider to work out the best plan.

The Veterans Crisis Line is 1-800-273-8255.