Access to healthcare services returning to normal

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Starting June 3, hospitals have resumed all healthcare services that had been stopped while the novel coronavirus was actively spreading, reported Latvian Radio.

The final services to be restored were related to inpatient treatment. 

But residents are asked to follow their schedule and be particularly scrupulous about arriving on time as hospitals are still observing safety measures such as ensuring distance between patients and disinfecting premises.

Before invasive procedures and planned operations, patients have to get tested for the Covid-19 virus. 

Ieva Melišus, a representative of the National Health Service, told Latvian Radio that high-demand services such as MRIs, as well as visits to the rheumatologist and the endocrinologist may be delayed as each visit will take more time due to the new safety measures.

Hospital reps meanwhile say they're ready to receive new patients but also warn about delayed service availability. Some patients however choose eschew using hospital services altogether at this time. "We must say that a rather big part of patients refuse check-ups and consultations," said Haralds Plaudis at the Rīga Eastern Clinical University Hospital. "But I would like to assure them, because safety measures at the hospital are very strict. The hospital is definitely a very safe place to be right now."

Meanwhile the regional hospital of Daugavpils, Latvia's second city, is to resume services in full starting June 9. Most services are available even now, however, according to hospital head Grigorijs Semjonovs. 

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