Restrictions lifted on some non-urgent medical services

Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (Development/For) has announced that the government is lifting some of the restrictive measures imposed to limit the spread of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus on non-urgent medical services from Monday, April 20, according to the Health Ministry on April 17.

In addition to the currently allowed medical services, medical facilities will be allowed to offer the following additional services:

  • State-referred breast cancer screening (mammography)
  • GP or specialist-referred echocardiographies, ultrasonographies, radiologies, computed tomographies, dopplerographies, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, electrocardiographies (including Holter monitor), cycle ergometry and electroencephalographies
  • First-time endocrinologist, cardiologist, rheumatologist, pneumologist, ophthalmologist and neurologist visits
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Follow-up dental disease treatment and finishing started prosthetics and orthodontic treatment

Medical facilities will have to follow various safety procedures and services will be only available from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at specific times, ensuring a limited and separate patient flow. Both medics and patients will require personal protective equipment, and facilities will have to conduct disinfection procedures. 

Some services will still be restricted, but urgent medical care and associated procedures and consultations will continue to be available when necessary. General practitioners will continue to provide services, and operations that would result in disability if cancelled will also continue. Pregnant women, “green corridor” patients, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis patients will continue to receive necessary care, including remote consultations when possible.

The ministry reviews the restrictions together with other authorities, taking into account the epidemiological situation, and urges patients to work with their GPs to decide which services can be postponed. If your health declines, you must first contact your GP to determine further steps. If you don't have a GP, you can call the 24-hour helpline at +371 66016001 for a consultation.

For more information about state-compensated healthcare services, call the National Health Service at +371 80001234 or check out their website. If a healthcare worker or facility won't offer the previously mentioned services, contact the Health Inspectorate by sending your complaint via email to [email protected] or by calling +371 67507993.
 

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