Coronavirus: Scripps Health To Temporarily Close 3 Clinics

Kristina Houck

This article originally appeared on the San Diego Patch

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — Scripps Health will temporarily close three of its clinics by the end of the week to provide a safe environment for patients, providers and staff during the new coronavirus pandemic.

Patients will be redirected from Scripps Clinic Coronado, Scripps Clinic Santee and Scripps Clinic Bariatric and General Surgery in San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood to other Scripps locations. Those patients also can use Scripps' telemedicine video service as an alternative to an in-person consultation.

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Patients who normally go to the Coronado clinic will now receive care at Scripps Clinic Mission Valley or Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Patients at the Santee clinic will receive care at Scripps Clinic Rancho San Diego. Scripps Clinic Bariatric patients will be treated at Scripps Clinic Del Mar. Affected patients will continue receiving care from their normal providers who also are relocating to the other sites.

Other Scripps outpatient sites are being reviewed for possible changes in operating hours.

"The coronavirus pandemic has triggered many changes in our lives and forced organizations of all types to alter the way they provide services to their customers," said Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder. "These latest changes at Scripps give us more flexibility in how we staff all of our clinics and hospitals as this health pandemic continues to unfold, and they give us the ability to move people and resources to where they are needed more."

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