In light of the new information coming out of the CDC, the Governor’s Office and the President’s Task Force on the coronavirus, AGO has chosen to push back the date to see GYN patients for their annual exams. We had high hopes that this virus would be out of our area by late April thus allowing us to see patients in early May.
Because this is not going to be the case, AGO is pushing back the dates for this type of appointment to Monday, 5/19/20. We know that everyone understands that this situation is out of our control. The Providers will continue to monitor this situation until such time as our physicians feel this threat has passed. Our goal is to maintain the health of all of the patients, Providers and Staff. Thank you for your understanding.
- Our Providers are asking the GYN patients that are not having any health issues to reschedule their appointments for after May 1, 2020.
- If you are a GYN Annual with problems, and still desire to come for your appointment, you are welcome to have your visit providing you do not have any symptoms of illness.
- Our Administrative staff will be reaching out to all of our patients by telephone the day before your scheduled appointment to confirm or reschedule.
- We will continue to see our OB patients providing they do not have any symptoms of illness. If you are not feeling well, please contact the OB Triage Nurse in your office for guidance.
- The new Emory policy for ZERO visitors hospital-wide though out Atlanta.
- The exception is for a laboring Mom or a delivered Mom, where they are allowed 1 visitor. Please note that this is not 1 person in the hospital room plus a doula.
- Each of our Moms will need to decide if she wants her partner OR someone else (her doula) in the room with her. That visitor will be “banded” and will be the only visitor throughout her entire stay. No switching out is permitted.
- We offer a suggestion to our Moms to think about ways to include their doula in terms of switching her from a hospital doula to a post-partum doula. Their doula could come to their home after the baby is born and can be a valuable asset in that setting for a new Mom.
- We know that your doulas are very concerned for their Mom and baby’s health and welfare and are being considerate of this Emory-wide decision. Again, please call our OB Triage Nurse at your office for further guidance, if necessary.
- The new NICU policy is 1 visitor per baby (This would the birth mother and NO ONE else). There is talk this this decision may go to no visitors at the NICU by the end of today. This is for the safety of the fragile NICU babies.
- Our Decatur OB Triage Nurse, Jewel, normally makes visits to each of our new Moms while in the hospital however, we have suspended this practice for the time being to limit a new Mom’s exposure. Jewel will be calling on the phone to check in during the hospital stay to make sure they have their needs met and questions answered.
Finally, we continue to follow the CDC guidelines for disinfecting our offices and screening our patients.
Thank you for helping us in this effort as we try to keep our patients, staff and Providers as safe as possible.
The Providers of Atlanta GYN & OB
Dear AGO Patients,
The Providers at Atlanta GYN & OB want to let you know that the safety and well-being of our patients, their families and our Staff have always been, and continue to remain, our first priority.
As the news about the COVID-19 virus continues to unfold, we wanted to share some of our protocols and facility guidelines to let you know that we are constantly endeavoring to make our office a safe place. These policies are going to be fluid with more information; however, we are basing our protocols under the current recommendations of the CDC.
No one coming to our office should feel like they are being exposed to illness. We follow the CDC guidelines for the management of all infectious diseases by adhering to their current recommendations. To help reduce and prevent the spread of germs in our office, we are taking the following measures:
- All Providers will be washing their hands with soap and warm water – not just hand sanitizer- both before and after your visit.
- We have always conducted thorough office cleanings; however, all door handles, faucets, counter tops, phones, keyboards and such items will be cleaned multiple times during the day with EPA grade disinfecting products recommended by the CDC to be effective against the COVID-19 virus and other infectious diseases.
- The Practice will institute “social distancing” in our Lobby area and a
“no-wait” Waiting room.
- The Medical Assistants will be taking a full set of vital signs, including every patient’s temperature, as part of their exam.
- We have asked our Staff who exhibit any symptoms of a respiratory illness to stay home and not come to work until they are free of any fever or other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications or other symptom-reducing medicines.
- As always, we are stressing the use of hand washing for 20 seconds, the avoidance of touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes and the encouragement to use coughing and sneezing etiquette as demonstrated by the placards placed throughout our office. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/protect/cdc_cough.pdf
As additional guidelines become available, we will alert you to these changes.
If you are sick (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) or if you have traveled to a known “hot spot” or have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, we ask you to reschedule your appointment.
If you have any questions about whether or not you need testing for Covid-19, our Triage Nurses will get you in touch with one of our Physicians as soon as possible.
Note: Thus far, data shows that being a pregnant patient does not put you at any greater risk that the rest of the population. We want to reassure you that our hospital, Emory Decatur, is well prepared and conducting daily evaluations and adhering to current Emory and CDC guidelines.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time of uncertainty. And, as always, thank you for trusting us to care for you and your family.
The Providers and Staff of Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics