The medical unit of
the Tehama County Jail is comprised of a Supervisory Nurse, one full time
nurse, one part time nurse, and a medical clerk. Inside the jail there is a
nurses office and an exam room.
Daily, inmates can
turn in a "request slip" for medical attention. The nurses check the
complaint and follow-up with appropriate care. If needed, the inmates are
put on a list to be seen by a Physicians Assistant (P.A.) who visits the
jail twice a week. In case of medical emergencies, the inmates are
immediately taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital.
We conduct "med
call" four (4) times a day where we administer prescribed medications to the
inmates and they have access to over-the-counter (O.T.C.) medications, i.e.…
aspirin, antacid, etc. This also provides the inmates with daily physical
access to the nurses.
Jail staff are also
trained to look for inmates who appear sick or injured and are in need of
some medical or mental health attention.