By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on October 4, 2022
Outer Banks Hospital Board of Directors Chair Tess Judge provided an Oct. 4 update to the Manteo Healthcare Task Force on the Outer Banks Medical Group’s work “to fully restore, and expand, access to primary care services.”
Judge said that the group has been able to reestablish care for more than 300 patients so far, due to the arrival of new practitioners to the group. In May, 2,400 patients at the Manteo practice learned by letter that they would no longer receive care at the clinic due to a doctor shortage and were given a list of out-of-the-area providers to contact.
This summer, with the anticipated arrival of new providers at the Manteo location and in Nags Head, a waitlist phone line was set up as a way of restoring primary care services to those patients. In July, Dr. David Worthen joined the Manteo practice and Dr. Mark Worthen began providing care at the Nags Head facility in September.
“We are pleased to announce that Family Medicine-Manteo will once again have a full complement of providers when Dr. Erin Baker arrives at the clinic in early November, though it will take time to fully develop her patient panel,” Judge reported during the meeting. Marina Turner, the family nurse practitioner, will also begin practicing in early November at the clinic in Nags Head.
Judge also state that beginning Oct. 3, patients from the waitlist are being scheduled for Dr. Baker or Marina Turner based on the patient’s choice. She said that the Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group was continuing to recruit for additional primary care, oncology, cardiology and hospitalist medicine providers at multiple locations throughout Dare County.
The Primary Care Access phone line (252-449-4540), Judge added, will remain open to all local residents who are looking for a primary care provider. The number is set up to receive voicemail only and callers who leave a message will receive a return phone call within three business days.