On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice. We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given the continued concerns posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We continue to take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are doing:
- As a medical office we know how important cleanliness is and we have always maintained the highest standards of hygiene.
- All instruments are heat sterilized and wrapped.
- All other supplies used on a patient are disposable. They are used only once.
- All surfaces are wiped down with a disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
- Hand washing/sanitizing is strictly followed by us as well as our staff.
- Masks and alcohol-based hand sanitizer and tissues are available to all staff and patients.
Furthermore, all patients with upper respiratory symptoms such as cough, fever, and shortness of breath will not be allowed into our waiting room to avoid the
potential spread of infection. They have been instructed to call the local health department for further instructions on testing for COVID-19 (Corona Virus).
In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, you will have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.
If you are 65 years or older and have a non-urgent appointment, please reschedule.
In order to decrease the risk to our elderly patients from possible COVID-19 (Coronavirus) exposure, we recommend that patient’s who are 65 years of age or older and have upcoming appointments for their regular annual gynecologic visits and non-urgent visits should call the office and reschedule for a future date.
People who are older and older people with chronic medical conditions, especially cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, lung disease are more likely to have severe disease or death from COVID-19.
They should engage in strict social distancing without delay. This is also the case for people who are immunocompromised because of a condition or treatment that weakens their immune response.
What to do if you suspect you might have COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
If you think you may have the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, this selfassessment tool may help you determine if you need to seek further care.
*This information is not intended to provide medical advice. If you have medical questions, consult a health practitioner or your local public health unit.
If you are feeling unwell with any of the following symptoms:
- Fever, new cough or difficulty breathing (or a combination of these symptoms)?
- Muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose or diarrhea, loss of smell or taste? Symptoms in young children may also be non-specific (for example, lethargy, poor feeding).
And have experienced any of the following:
- Does someone you are in close contact with have COVID-19 (for example, someone in your household or workplace)?
- Are you in close contact with a person who is sick with respiratory symptoms (for example, fever, cough or difficulty breathing) who recently traveled outside the United States?
If you answered yes to these questions, you should seek clinical assessment for COVID-19 over the phone or online.
The majority of COVID-19 illnesses are mild. A clinician can help guide whether you will require further care or potential testing in person. Please use one of the following options:
- Use a virtual online doctor evaluation. One option is to download and use Baptist Health Care onDemand App. It provides immediate virtual access to licensed doctors and experts anywhere 24/7. After you enroll, you can start your virtual visit using any smart phone, tablet, or computer.
- Contact your primary care provider (for example, family doctor) or local health department.
If you start to experience worsening symptoms, please call your local emergency department or health department first for further instructions.
If you answered no to these questions, it is unlikely that you have COVID-19.
Nevertheless, you should continue to monitor your health. If you develop any new symptoms, please seek clinical assessment and testing for COVID-19.