By Amanda Godsey, FNP-C
Amanda Godsey is a Nurse Practitioner in our Northwest Primary Care Clinic. Nursing has been Amanda's passion now for 18 years. She loves caring for people and helping them be able to achieve their maximum health benefits throughout their lifetime. You can reach Amanda at Northwest Primary Care Clinic, 200 Carraway Drive, Suite B2, Winfield, AL 35594 or call 205-487-7556.
Summertime is when more rashes occur than at any other time throughout the year. People contract poison oak, poison ivy, sumac rashes, scabies, and even eczema may become more prevalent during the summertime as well. There is one rash that is encountered more often this time of the year. It is not transmitted by plants or animals but is transmitted by people. It is viral in nature and is known as hand-foot-mouth disease, or HFMD. Although this rash can occur any time of the year, it is more prevelant during the warmer months. We have already noted this rash in our clinic this summer.
HFMD usually affects children less than 5 years old but adults also may get this disease as well. It usually begins with fever, decreased appetite, sore throat, and fatigue. One to two days after the fever begins, a painful rash can develop in the mouth, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. The rash normally looks like flat red spots but can develop blisters that may rupture and drain. Not everyone will experience all the above symptoms. Some patients may only have one or two of them. The rash can spread to the entire body, as well, but usually presents to the hands, feet, and mouth in the beginning.
School bells will be ringing soon and Northwest Medical Center is helping area students get ready for the new school year by collecting school supplies to be distributed throughout our service area. We have collection stations in several areas of the hospital where you can bring donations of school supplies to help our students go back to school well-prepared for a great year. Please see the list of supplies below and consider donating to this worthwhile community project. Your participation will be greatly appreciated by the students who receive these supplies!
Please bring your generous donations to the hospital and place them in one of the collection boxes.
The Hospitalist program offers medical doctors who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of hospitalized patients and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a medical doctor who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are trained in general internal medicine and other medical specialties. Because hospitalists typically so not maintain an outside practice, they can focus their attention on your medical care inside the hospital.
What are the benefits of having a Hospitalist?
Your hospitalist specializes in the kinds of medical conditions that need to be treated in the hospital. Because the hospitalist typically does not have an outside practice, he or she has added knowledge of other departments and specialties and are very accessible to hospital nursing staff. The hospitalists can help to speed your recovery and shorten your hospital stay by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment plan throughout the day. Hospitalists have systems in place to communicate with your family and your primary care doctor as needed, especially at the time of admission and discharge.
The Winfield Hospital had its official opening in 1949 and since that time has been serving the primary health care needs of Marion, Fayette, Lamar, Walker and Winston Counties.
In this modern era, Northwest Medical Center has added many specialized services reaching beyond our primary service area into a regional service facility. A modern, well-equipped replacement hospital was built in 1998 and compliments the quality of our Medical Staff and patient care.
Digital mammography can detect early-stage breast cancer.
If you're a woman 40 years of age or older, you should have a mammogram every year.
Schedule your mammogram today by calling us at (205) 487-7748. (A physician's order is required).
In the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea," the heroine cannot sleep because she can feel a very small lump, even though it's covered by dozens of mattresses.
In real life, we are not that lucky. By the time we can feel a lump in our own breasts, a cancerous tumor could possibly have grown larger and spread beyond the breast into other areas of our bodies.
The process for requesting a patient's medical records includes obtaining a medical release of information authorization that is signed and dated by the patient.