El Dorado hospital offers video visits with nurse practitioners & free flu shots

EL DORADO, Kan. (KWCH) A bad flu season prompted an El Dorado hospital to give free flu shots Wednesday afternoon at its YMCA clinic.

Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital said it was a way for the community to get the vaccine while avoiding the germs you might see when visiting your physician.

With so many Kansans sick it might make you nervous to visit your doctor or an urgent care. Susan B. Allen put a kiosk inside the YMCA in El Dorado. It basically works like Skype. You can visit with a medical professional via video.

It works just like the video visits on the hospital's app. You can download "eSusanB" from your app store, and set up video chats with a nurse practitioner.

"The cost is a $49 fee, and the great thing about that is the receipt will be emailed to that person's personal email, and they can take that email and send it in to their insurance to get the coverage that way," said RN and Director of Community Services, Pam Cartwright.

Cartwright said the provider will be from Kansas.

"They're very familiar with the allergies, their asthma, what's going on in Kansas with our flu symptoms," said Cartwright.

It's part of the hospital's initiative to meet community health needs and utilize its new community care center at the YMCA.

Wednesday, the hospital used the center to give free flu shots.

There was a big turnout.

Wednesday was the last flu shot clinic scheduled, but the hospital said it will schedule more if it is needed. You can check the hospital's Facebook page for updates.