As always, we are your Partner in Health and we are here to help you through this trying time.
We are offering several different types of visits for our patients who are experiencing respiratory symptoms such as cough, fever and fatigue.
First, we have telehealth visits available every day so that you can video chat with a provider and come up with a plan of treatment for your symptoms and perform testing if necessary. This is also an option for some well or high-risk patients who need follow up for chronic conditions with their PCP. Just call the office at 303-429-6600 to set up one of these visits.
Second, we are more than willing to see patients that are sick or who are trying to self-isolate due to being at risk because of chronic conditions or age but need care like INR testing or follow up in our parking lot. Call the office at 303-429-6600 to schedule an appointment and then when you arrive at the clinic call 303-429-6600 to let us know you have arrived, and we will handle to rest.
We also ask that you be patient when calling our office if you are waiting longer than normal. We had almost double our normal call volume yesterday as well as a slight reduction in available staff due to school closures and illness but we are here for you and will continue to provide you with the best possible care during this situation.
CORONA VIRUS OR COVID-19 AND THE FLU
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Here are some basics that you can follow to protect you and your family from these and other viral or bacterial infections:
Frequent handwashing with soap and warm water. You should wash your hands for 20 seconds or as long as it takes to recite the ABC’s.
Use hand sanitizer when unable to wash your hands, especially when out in public.
Avoid touching your face since this transfers any viruses on your hands to where they can more easily be absorbed by the eyes and tissues in your nose and mouth.
Avoid touching common surfaces like door knobs, bathroom fixtures and counters. We do not yet know how long the covid-19 virus survives on these types of surfaces. Again frequent handwashing and using sanitizer is recommended.
A mask really only keeps an infected person from spreading the disease, it does little to protect a healthy person from catching the disease. Even the N95 masks are not that effective since people tend to touch their face more when adjusting the mask.
Be conscious of the people around you. If possible do not stand within 4-6 feet of someone who is coughing or sneezing. Cover your own mouth with your sleeve or elbow if you need to cough or sneeze.
Prepare to have to stay at home for up to 14 days should you or a family member become ill. Most importantly have at least 30 days of all your medications on hand if possible.
Our practice may be implementing some unusual rules over the next few weeks to keep you and your family as safe as possible. If you do need to see a provider due to upper respiratory symptoms and/or fever please remember to immediately put on a mask when you enter the waiting room, the receptionist has them at the desk, and avoid touching any surfaces. We may also be having you enter or exit the clinic through other outside entrances and have someone accompany you to an exit so you do not have to touch any surfaces. If possible please try not to use the restroom while you are here. Understand that we may shorten an examination to the minimum required to assess your acute illness in order to protect our staff and providers so we are able to continue taking care of our patients. IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALSO REMEMBER THAT SOMETIMES THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT CATCHING COLDS AND FLU IS TO MAINTAIN YOUR OWN HEALTH. GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP EACH NIGHT AND EAT WELL ALONG WITH WASHING YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY.