ST. PETERSBURG — Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is offering free virtual appointments until Friday through its non-emergency service, Virtual Health Connect, to help those who can't get to their regular doctor in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
"In the midst of clean up and trying to get lives back to normal, we understand that many physician practices are closed and traveling to your physician's office or an urgent care clinic might be difficult this week," John McLain, chief executive officer of Bayfront Health, said in a press release. "Making it more convenient to talk with a clinician about your or your loved ones' medical needs is one way we can lend a hand to those who've been impacted by the storm."
Patients can visit VirthualHealthIrma.com and will be connected to a video consultation with a physician or nurse practitioner. The virtual visits usually cost $45 a session, but patients can enter the coupon code IRMA when asked to pay.
The appointments are intended for those experiencing minor health issues such as fevers, ear infections, cold and flu-like symptoms, stomach pain, allergies and migraines, and the doctor will diagnose the patient virtually and can send prescriptions to the patient's pharmacy, if needed.
Patients are still advised to call 911 for life threatening emergencies.