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Lake Charles Memorial bringing more services online after Laura

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 10:55:30-04

More Services are coming back online at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital after Hurricane Laura caused damage to several buildings and limited services at the campus on Oak Park Blvd.

LCM said that the hospital is safe and open for Southwest Louisiana residents with 24/7 emergency services supported by diagnostic imaging, lab, and pharmacy services.

Laura damaged several buildings limiting services due to a lack of city water and electrical power. That, however, is no longer the case as city water service has been restored with a back-up water system and 3, 2 meg-generators along with a back-up generator system.

Now back online, Memorial says it has ramped up services at the main campus on Monday, September 14th with the addition of non-elective surgeries and procedures, endoscopy, outpatient chemotherapy, as well as medical acute care, intensive care, and behavioral health care units in operation.

Pharmacy pick up has also been made available outside of the back entrance in the pharmacy parking area. The phone number to call is 337-494-2991. A staff person will be there to assist Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Moss Memorial Retail customers are also asked to head to the Med Plaza to get prescriptions.

Memorial Medical Group clinic staff will be calling current patients that were already scheduled for an office visit and arrange a tele-med appointment or in-person visit, they say.

Patients needing a prescription refill or needing to get in touch with their doctor are asked to call their doctor's office number.

The hospital says that patients may be placed on hold and asked to leave a message. Calls are expected to be returned.

OB/GYN office visits will still take place in the physician offices at Memorial for Women. The 3rd floor Same Day Surgery unit will serve as a labor and delivery unit and the 6th Floor of Memorial Hospital will serve as a maternity unit until Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women is ready to open in a few weeks.

Expecting mothers who are in need of early labor evaluation can go to the emergency department at Memorial Hospital where they will be triaged and brought to the 3rd Floor.

For Hurricane Laura information, visit www.lcmh.com/laura and for Covid-19 visitor limitations which are still be in place go to www.lcmh.com/covid19.

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