(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam is now offering the public an opportunity to discuss their health concerns over the phone. The hospital announced Tuesday that it is now providing telehealth and phone care options to its patients. The current COVID-19 crisis has limited the number and types of non-urgent appointments. The hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer Angelia Foster says with telehealth, they have an “opportunity to care for patients who otherwise may not have been seen until the crisis is over, as well as those who may find it difficult or inconvenient to travel for an in-person appointment.” Patients who call for appointments will be offered an option if their condition can be treated via telehealth and if the patient’s home technology meets telehealth requirements. Primary care and specialty clinics will each have their own criteria. Foster says the new option is not just a short-term solution to a short-term problem but something they plan to expand for addressing health needs with convenience and efficiency. Hospital officials note that the Emergency Room and Urgent Care are open 24-hours a day. Patients looking to make an appointment with a practitioner can visit the hospitals website (www.bdch.com/clinics) or call the respective clinic. Those with respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms like dry cough, fever or shortness of breath are encouraged to call their screening line [at 877-998-0022].