Wyandot On Wheels Resuming Community Visits
Wyandot On Wheels Resuming Community Visits

Wyandot On Wheels Resuming Community Visits

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Wyandot On Wheels will resume its visits to Wyandot County area villages in June with a temporary schedule in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Carey Senior Depot will host WOW every Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Community visits to Wharton, Forest, Nevada and Harpster are scheduled for Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The first Wednesday of every month is WOW’s trip to the Wharton Church of God. On the second Wednesday, WOW is at the Forest VFW; and on the third Wednesday WOW travels to the Nevada United Methodist Church. The fourth Wednesday of every month finds WOW at the Harpster Township Hall.

“We know some individuals have delayed having their regular lab tests performed during the pandemic, so we are anxious to be back on Wyandot On Wheels in their towns,” WOW Coordinator Michelle Gullifer noted.

Extra precautions will be taken to protect patients visiting WOW, including frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces, accommodations for social distancing and a requirement to wear a mask or cloth face covering while on the bus.

Gullifer is a certified medical assistant and provides lab draws for physician-ordered tests and lab screenings on WOW. The physician-ordered lab draws are billed to patients’ insurances. The lab screenings are a special outreach offering of the hospital for low-cost services that are important indicators for disease and health status. For $35, patients may have an automated CBC, full lipid profile, basic metabolic panel and AST/ALT. The screening checks hemoglobin, white cell count, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and ratio, glucose (blood sugar), electrolytes, kidney function and liver enzymes. For the most accurate results, participants will want to fast for 12 hours prior to the test. Water is permitted during the fast and encouraged to prevent dehydration.

Other blood tests are also available. The test for TSH and Free T4 at $25 checks thyroid function. The A1C test for $20 measures the average blood glucose for the past 2-3 months. The PSA for $15 measures prostate-specific antigen. These optional tests require no fasting.

The fees for the lab screenings are payable by cash, check or credit card, and the results for the tests are mailed to participants.

In addition to the lab services on WOW, Gullifer offers free blood pressure checks and schedules screening mammograms for early detection of cancer.

Wyandot On Wheels suspended its schedule of community visits in March as stay at home orders were issued for Ohioans. The mobile unit was temporarily put into service on the Wyandot Memorial Hospital campus for medical provider visits with expectant mothers, immunizations for infants and toddlers and Anti-Coagulation Clinic patient monitoring. Both the immunizations and Anti-Coagulation Clinic drive-thru service will continue at WOW on the hospital campus on the days the bus is not scheduled for community visits.

For more information about the temporary schedule or questions about WOW, phone Gullifer at 419-294-4991, 1WOW (1969), or email mgullifer@wyandotmemorial.org.