Taking Care of the Sick
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.