Local emergency rooms are currently experiencing heavy volumes of patients and long wait times due to a large number of cases of influenza, resulting in increased admissions at metro hospitals. In order to ensure access for the seriously ill, and to protect patients and health care staff, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines (Central, West Lakes and Franklin campuses), Iowa Health – Des Moines hospitals (Methodist, Lutheran, Blank Children’s and Methodist West) and Broadlawns Medical Center are asking community members to refrain from visiting emergency rooms for non-emergent medical care.
Individuals experiencing non-life-threatening illnesses who need to see a doctor today and are unable to get an appointment with their primary health care provider are encouraged to seek treatment from a local urgent care or walk-in clinic. Information regarding Mercy Urgent Care and Quick Care Clinics can be found online at www.mercydesmoines.org. A listing of free clinics is also available at www.idph.state.ia.us or the public can contact their County Health Department for additional information.
With flu season well underway, many people are inquiring about flu shots. If you or your child have not received a flu vaccine and want to be vaccinated, please contact your family physician or pediatrician to make an appointment.