We are closely following state and national guidelines for management of this situation and we have the health and safety of our patients and staff at the forefront of our minds.
We wish to inform you of the following:
1) Our office is open. We are happy to be able to see most of our patients again here in the office. In order to continue to maintain an optimal balance of safety and access, we continue to offer live video visits from your computer or smartphone for those who have difficulty making it into the office or those who simply prefer a remote visit. Click here for our Telemedicine Consent Form.
2) For those who are scheduled for appointments in the office, PLEASE DO NOT COME IF YOU HAVE FEVER, RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS, INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL WITHIN 14 DAYS, OR HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH A PATIENT WITH CONFIRMED COVID-19 INFECTION. Call us and we will be glad to convert your appointment to a video visit, or to reschedule your appointment.
3) To help protect our patients and staff, please come to the office alone. If someone drives you to the appointment we ask that they wait in the car or in the area outside the suite by the elevators. Exception will be made for those who physically or mentally require assistance. Only one parent may accompany a child who has an appointment. No other children under the age of 18 may enter the office unless they are actually being seen that day.
We understand this is a difficult time for our community and we continue to remain vigilant to keep patients and the staff safe. We appreciate your cooperation.
4) We take precautions within the suite for your protection including air purifiers in the waiting room and in every exam room; frequent disinfecting of the waiting area and exam rooms throughout the day; removal of magazines and the coffee bar from the waiting area; widespread placement of hand sanitizers; providers wearing masks and face shields during exams, among others. Each patient who enters the office must wear a mask, have his or her temperature checked, and is immediately instructed to apply hand sanitizer that is provided at the check-in desk. Any patient or escort with a temperature of 100.0 or higher will be asked to exit the suite and to reschedule. All of our providers, medical staff, and administrative staff have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
5) We urge you to follow CDC and Surgeon General recommendations to maintain social distancing, wash or sanitize your hands frequently particularly after using a tissue, using the restroom. Try to avoid touching your nose, eyes, mouth, and if you do, wash or sanitize your hands immediately.
6) In accordance with the State of Maryland's requirement, we have sent a letter to the Health Department documenting our self-certification for resumption of non-emergent care, providing assurance that we are complying with recommendations for protection of patients and staff, and that we possess adequate numbers of personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff and patients when needed.