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Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Uses Telemedicine Option with Palliative Care

Wilmington, NC – As Lower Cape Fear LifeCare continues to provide vital care for those with serious or life-limiting illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the non-profit operation has begun offering telemedicine to palliative care patients as an additional option.

While Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (LCFL) continues to provide care to patients with serious illness, telehealth offers another option for patients receiving palliative care and who are impacted by COVID-19-related issues that do not allow for in-person visits.

Telehealth visits are done by video feed and audio at an appointed date and time, with the patient at home. The patient must have a device with a camera, such as a cell phone, iPad or computer, for the video portion of the visit, and both the patient and the provider must have internet connectivity. An appointment is scheduled, and the provider calls the patient and starts the virtual visit at the appointed time.

“We have received very good feedback from our patients and our providers,” said Dr. Kelly Erola, LCFL’s Chief Medical Officer. “This tool gives our patients another option, as we continue to provide the care they need while meeting the changes and challenges of providing health care during COVID-19, the emerging Coronavirus.”

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to the highest quality LifeCare, education, and supportive services to our patients, their families, and the communities we serve. For more information, visit lifecare.org.

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