A WORD TO OUR PATIENTS COMING IN FOR APPOINTMENTS
In response to the national state of emergency regarding the Coronavirus, we would like to advise our patients that we wish to delay or postpone your visits with us especially if you might be frail, “elderly” or have current medical problems impacting your overall health (chronic underlying medical conditions). We would like to try and keep everyone safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.
We will ask you if you currently have a respiratory illness… and whether or not you or a family member have recently traveled to a high-risk area, such as China, Italy, S. Korea, or Europe in the past 14 days. If your answer is YES, to either question, we will be happy to reschedule your appointment for another time, AND, we will refer you to see your family physician, in an effort to keep everyone in our community safe.
If you like, upon entering, if you or your family member have not recently traveled to high risk areas, nor have any respiratory illnesses, you are welcome to pre-empt our questions to you by saying to the receptionist something like: “I don’t have any issues like what the posted message is asking about on the front door.”
For our patients who do come in, we would like for you to try and sit 6 feet apart in the waiting room, if possible. We have altered our patient appointments schedule to try and accommodate this. If this is not possible, we will have you wait in your car for a few minutes, and will happily telephone you when it is your turn to come in, this should not take but a few minutes to organize (“social distancing”).
General guidelines advise that transmission of the virus is most apparent from droplets associated with coughing or sneezing, Hand washing with soap and water for a minimum of 30 seconds, or utilizing hand sanitizer is very important to decrease the spread of the Coronavirus. If any of us feel the need to cough or sneeze we should do so into Kleenex tissue or into a sleeve. All of us should remain alert for the development of a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, one should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice via telephone from your family physician.