Physicians Urge the Public to Resume Preventative Health Screenings

The COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives, from spending time with friends and family to schooling, grocery shopping, and sporting events. But one thing hasn’t changed…the importance of taking care of one’s health and well-being. 

Dr. Paniz Heidari, an OB/GYN at Dignity Health-Northridge Hospital Medical Center (NHMC), noted the importance of routine preventative health screenings to early detection of abnormalities.

“Although we are in this pandemic, and many people are worried about contracting COVID-19, it’s important to remember that mammograms, prostate exams, colonoscopies, and other annual screenings, are all critical in maintaining one’s health,” Heidari said.

Dignity Health encourages people to check with their primary care physician to see if they’re due for a check-up, and be assured that the hospitals and doctor’s offices are practicing all health department recommendations, including social distancing in the waiting rooms, disinfecting common areas and surfaces, and masking for all staff and patients.

“Northridge Hospital’s health care team is working harder than ever to ensure patients are safe and provided with compassionate, high-quality care,” said Paul Watkins, NHMC Hospital President.

“Hospitals across the country are worried that many patients are not seeking care when they need services, and this care includes regular physician consultations and health screenings.”