Doctors field anonymous calls from nearly 400 patients at N.C. event

Members of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and Pitt County Medical Society (PCMS) manned the phone lines April 25 for a “Doctors on Call” event based in Greenville, N.C. Physicians from various specialties helped approximately 400 patients with health-related questions or concerns in three hours during the 22nd annual call-in event co-sponsored by the NCMS, PCMS and WITN-TV.

The occasion provided a platform for North Carolina physicians to speak with patients who may need or do not have access to medical care.

Since the callers were anonymous, patients had a chance to ask questions that they may not have asked a physician in person and in a setting unique to a traditional office visit. “Doctors on Call” also gave participating physicians the opportunity to educate the community about the importance of timely medical care.

“Through this event the NCMS and our partners provided guidance on a wide variety of medical topics by assisting patients with their questions,” said Robert Monteiro, MD, president of the North Carolina Medical Society. “This was an opportunity to bring physicians and a local community together while providing care to those who need it.”

The NCMS said it will continue its efforts of improving access and quality of care to patients through this event. The NCMS facilitates “Doctors on Call” each year with various county medical societies and news stations throughout the state. Click here for information about the next event in the series.

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