To all my patients:
It looks like the governor is going to allow businesses to slowly phase back into work in the next few weeks. At this time, the outpatient surgery center may allow me to begin scheduling cases beginning on May 15th. Patients who have already paid and were postponed will have priority on re-scheduling. I plan to begin seeing patients at the office on May 6th. HOWEVER, if there is an upturn in the number of COVID-19 cases reported in our area before then, these plans will change and we may need to wait longer.
The safety of my patients, my staff, and my community is the number one priority. To that end, I will be instituting the following policies for patients coming to my office:
- As we have done for years, we will call to confirm your appointment the day before your visit. If you have a cough, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath, tell us so we can re- schedule your visit.
- Come alone unless you are a minor. Minors should have only one parent with them.
- When you get to the office, call from your car and let us know you are here. Stay in your car till we call you to come in or come and get you.
- You MUST bring YOUR OWN We do not have masks to give to patients. If you do not have a facemask, we will need to re-schedule your appointment.
- We will not have more than two patients in our waiting room at any time.
- Your temperature will be taken before you are taken back to the exam room. If it is above 99.9, your appointment will be re-scheduled.
- All staff will wear masks at all times. Clinical staff will also wear gloves that are changed between patients.
- All rooms and surfaces will be sanitized between patients.
Please bear with us as these measures will take some getting used to. Remember that they are in place for your own safety.
Enrique A. Silberblatt, MA, MD, FACS