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Supply shortages hamper RRH testing

Hospital working on alternative way to offer Health Fair screenings

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL (RRH) — Global supply shortages in health care supplies and equipment have prompted RRH to postpone low-cost screenings, typically held in conjunction with the annual Health Fair.

Shortages relating to COVID lockdowns in other countries, the war in Ukraine, and transportation challenges have all influenced massive supply chain disruptions.

“We just recently learned that the vacuum containers used for blood draws are not currently available,” said Tera Moorehead, director of outreach. “Although RRH is working on a plan to provide vouchers for those who have already made appointments, we are going to have to conserve our current stock for patients with acute and emergent needs.”

Moorehead said that more information will be released when inventory is restored to normal levels, but she anticipates that those with prior appointments will be given screenings for the same reduced price.

However, the Health Fair remains scheduled on Saturday, June 25, at the Kerr McGee Center, with hours adjusted to 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents can still take advantage of free provider talks, a senior care health panel, health and wellness vendors, children’s activities and more.

For information contact Moorehead at 760-499-3825.