The RCMS Billing Department has moved to the Administrative Offices at the Elaine Jacob Center. To reach the billing office, please call (707) 884-9434 and select option 3.
Are you interested in becoming an EMT, Medical Assistant or First Responder?
A new class for Emergency Medical Technicians starts in January 2021. See flyer for details.
December 21, 2020
RCMS received its first batch of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for our frontline clinic staff. The first vaccine was administered today at 2:01 PM to one of our Urgent Care nurses.
Over the next few days, the vaccine will be given to our clinic staff. RCMS will also start giving vaccinations to the Coast Life Support District (CLSD) ambulance staff starting tomorrow.
More details will follow as the vaccine becomes available for the community at large. This is an important day for RCMS and the community.
RCMS has gained some capacity to do screening of asymptomatic patients (patients with no COVID-19 symptoms) with possible COVID19 exposures.
If you or a staff person in your business had a possible COVID19 exposure, but have no symptoms, we will be offering visits to test these people this Tuesday through Friday (December 15th through 18th) from 1pm to 5pm at the Gualala clinic. This service is by appointment only, please call us at (707) 884-4005 to schedule an appointment.
Please note that these will be office visits, and patients will be signed in as patients and insurance will be billed.
We will follow the orders of the Health Department regarding how patients need to proceed – with isolation or not, depending on the extent of their potential exposure.
If the clinic gets too busy with symptomatic patients, or we run out of testing supplies, we may need to curtail this screening. We will keep people updated.
Thank you all for your patience in this challenging time.
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COVID-19 cases are on the rise in our community, in the County and across the nation.
RCMS reminds all of our community members to continue with practices such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, regular handwashing, disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and avoid gatherings with those outside of your household.
RCMS is working to bring asymptomatic testing (testing for people without any symptoms) events back to our community and are finalizing details with Mendocino County. We will inform the community as soon as dates and locations are set. In the meantime, you may schedule free asymptomatic testing at OptumServe in Ukiah or Santa Rosa via this link:
Exposure to Someone Who Has Tested Positive
If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the Mendocino County Public Health Department guideline is that you should self-quarantine for 14 days. If you develop symptoms within those 14 days you will be tested as symptomatic patients. Otherwise, you can be tested on the 15th day to be cleared.
If You Are Experiencing Symptoms
If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms (i.e., fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell, vomiting/diarrhea) please call RCMS to schedule an appointment (707) 884-4005.
This is a critical time in the pandemic and we need everyone to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Be well and be safe. We are in this together and we will get through this together.
As COVID19 spreads, Redwood Coast Medical Services (RCMS) continues to provide you medical care, with protocols to keep you and our staff safe. We continue to have two “non respiratory clinics” – the Sea Watch location in Gualala and our clinic in Point Arena. We continue to do Primary and Urgent Care visits in our main Gualala clinic.
Part of the check-in process at all clinics is to take your temperature and ask you COVID19 screening questions BEFORE you enter the buildings. If you have any concerning symptoms (even if you are coming to the clinic for other reasons), you will be placed in special rooms in the main Gualala clinic.
Medical staff might enter rooms wearing gowns/masks/face shields. This is for everyone’s protection. With thoughtful rooming and proper personal protective equipment, we can continue to provide you the medical care you need.
If you are ill with respiratory symptoms, we might shift the focus of your visit to that, and put off other concerns for a future visit. If your symptoms are concerning for COVID19, you may be tested and potentially isolated to home until test results return, in accordance with Health Department requirements. We recognize that isolation and quarantine can be hard for many reasons.
We are grateful to our community and patients for their ongoing cooperation to keep all of us safe.
If you need medical care, please call us at (707) 884-4005 to schedule an appointment.