Wednesday, 16 September 2020 14:49

Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond to host annual screening event

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ROCKINGHAM — In its ongoing effort to promote and improve the overall health and wellbeing of the community it serves, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond invites residents of Richmond county and surrounding areas to participate in the 38th Annual Wellness Screening event.

 “Our community continues to feel the impacts of COVID-19,” said John Jackson, president of FirstHealth’s southern region. “Amid the pandemic, it is more important than ever to manage your health by identifying potential illness early and taking steps to make positive lifestyle changes.”

A new offering at this year’s screening event is COVID-19 antibody testing.  The blood draw antibody test is not a test to diagnose COVID-19 but is used to determine if you may have had COVID-19 in the past and now have antibodies against the virus. People develop antibodies when their body’s immune system responds to an infection. These antibodies can be found in the blood of people previously infected whether or not they had signs or symptoms of illness.

The event offers a number of free screenings including:

  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Bone density
  • Sleep assessment/questionnaire 

Additional screenings with minimal costs are included below.  The cost of these screenings did not change from last year.

  • COVID-19 Antibody Screening (new this year), $15
  • PSA- Prostate specific antigen (blood test that is used to screen for prostate cancer in men between the ages of 55 and 69), $10
  • EKG, $10
  • Flu vaccines, $20
  • A1C/glycosylated hemoglobin, $15
  • Wellness profile, $25
  • Vitamin D, $25 
  • Pap smear (by appointment only), $25

Similar to last year’s Wellness Screening Event, results will be available through FirstHealth MyChart. The MyChart patient portal not only allows access to test results, but it allows FirstHealth patients to communicate safely and securely with their health care providers, manage appointments, refill medications, pay their balances online, review their health history and schedule appointments.

FirstHealth will also offer to link patients with primary care providers in the event they do not have a primary care provider or need someone to review their results.

Screenings will be held from 6 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 3 and Monday, Oct. 5 through Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Participants should enter the main entrance of MRH-Richmond, and everyone must undergo temperature screening prior to entering the facility.  For the safety of all, masks are required. Participants should bring their own mask.

For best results, blood work should be done while fasting for at least eight hours prior to tests. Cash, check, credit or debit card will be accepted. 

For more information on services provided at this year’s Wellness Event, visit www.firsthealth.org or call Amy Forester at 910-417-3735.