Hello Patients and Friends
We want to give you all an update on our plan to resume normal office hours on May 1st. This includes moving forward with surgeries.
For the past month, we have limited patient care through telehealth appointments, with exceptions for urgent problems that required traditional visits. While we are thankful for the telehealth platform there is no replacement for seeing you in person. This allows us to perform a physical examination in order to make the most accurate diagnosis and get you on your way to feeling better.
As we begin seeing more patients in the office, we want to assure you that your safety and the safety of our employees are our primary concerns. To that end we will be implementing the following measures to help facilitate this:
- We ask that all patients wear masks to their appointments. Paper and cloth masks (including homemade) are acceptable. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to provide masks for each patient during their visit.
- We will minimize wait times in the waiting room by having patient’s check-in remotely from home or by phone. We ask that all patients complete updated patient information and pay copay’s in advance to coming into the office.
- We will have the waiting room configured to maintain at least 6 feet for social distancing.
- We ask that only the patient come to the office for the visit. Exceptions include minors and adults with disabilities.
- Our employees and physicians will wear masks and gloves during each patient encounter, while practicing diligent hand washing. Our rooms will be wiped down with disinfectants between visits.
- All patients will be screened, and temperature taken before being admitted into patient care areas. Telemedicine visits may be available through the month of June for patients considered at risk for COVID-19.
- A patient may be considered high risk for COVID-19 if they are over age 65, have chronic heart/lung disease, or immunodeficiency. If your risk is high, you may want to consider the telehealth option first.
Let us know if you’ve had direct exposure to Covid-19, you’ve had recent travel outside of the state, previously had and recovered from Covid-19, or if you’ve been tested for the Virus.
I hope all of you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these strange times. Please call us with any questions at 205-980-2091. You can also request an appointment at https://alabamasinus.com/patient-resources/make-an-appointment/