Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: What we are doing to keep you healthy

March 27, 2020

Based on recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the CDC, we are cancelling all wellness visits in our office through April.  Your annual visits are important and we will reschedule these important visits once the threat of the Coronavirus Pandemic is reduced.  In the meantime, please reach out to our office if you have any health questions or concerns that need to be addressed immediately.  In addition, let us know if you need any refills sent in to get you through until your visit can be rescheduled.

 

March 22, 2020

We have started offering telemedicine visits to keep you safe in your home while still managing your medical concerns.  When you call to talk to our office, we will make the decision if your visit could be accomplished with your Bedford Commons OB-GYN Physician or Nurse Practitioner over the phone.  If a telemedicine visit is appropriate, we will set you up with an appointment time that your provider will give you a call.

 

March 17, 2020

As the impact of coronavirus grows daily, we wanted to reach out to our patients to let you know what we are doing as an office to keep our Bedford Commons patients and team members safe and limit the spread of the virus.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will update recommendations daily, so please check our website and Facebook often for the latest changes.

Our office remains open and we plan to continue to remain open.  In order to keep our office open, if you are sick, please call or send us a text message at 603-668-8400 to reschedule your appointment.  All patients will be asked at check-in if they have a cough, fever, or respiratory illness – if you do, you will be asked to leave and we will reschedule your appointment.  Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, if you have traveled on an airplane or have been on a cruise in the past 14 days, please call our office prior to coming to your appointment.

People ages 60 and older are considered to be at a higher risk.  As a precaution, we are cancelling all non-critical appointments for our patients 60 and older.  You will receive a call from our office regarding the status of your appointment, if it is cancelled.  We are cancelling appointments one week at a time given the ever changing recommendations from the CDC.

In our waiting area, we are cleaning all chairs, countertops, pens and clipboards regularly.  After you have checked-in, we are working hard to limit your time in the waiting room and will quickly bring you back to an exam room.  To reduce the risk to all of our patients, we are temporarily prohibiting all visitors in our office.  This includes partners, spouses, children and all other visitors.  We know that this is an inconvenience, especially with school being closed.  We also understand that ultrasound visits can be an exciting time for the entire family.  However, in order to limit the spread of the virus, we must restrict all visitors.

Although we feel that it is low risk for a healthy person to come to our office for routine care, if you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, even if it’s short notice, please call or text our office at 603-668-8400.  We are happy to accommodate any changes.

Quest Diagnostics, located within our office, is requiring all laboratory technicians to wear facemasks and shields during all interactions with patients.  Please know that this does not mean that someone is sick, it’s simply a requirement.

Elliot Hospital and Catholic Medical Center have cancelled all non-critical surgeries and procedures effective 3/17/20.  We do not know how long this policy will be in place. We will be notifying our surgical patients scheduled week by week as the guidelines are updated.  Scheduled Cesarean sections will NOT be affected and will continue as scheduled.  Precautions are being taken on Labor and Delivery at Elliot Hospital which includes restricting all visitor access to the hospital.  With limited exceptions, only partners or spouses will be allowed to accompany a patient in labor and/or visit patients and babies on the maternity unit.

As healthcare providers, we feel a commitment to keeping our community safe.  We know that all of the evolving changes can be frustrating and make people feel uneasy.  We will continue to follow the recommendations by the CDC and will update our website and Facebook regularly.

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