As we all change our habits to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we are exploring new, safer options to take care of our ob/gyn patients. Current recommendations are to avoid any routine office visit that can wait a month without harm. We have not yet been cancelling existing appointments, but that may be required at some point. In an effort to be available for our patients, we will now offer some Telehealth visit options.
We can currently use Facetime, Facebook messaging and will be adding an app called doxy.me to use as well. We will need your email to invite you to the visit.
For our pregnant patients: If you are low risk and feeling well and prefer not to come in for routine visits that don’t need bloodwork or ultrasound, please ask to reschedule to a Telehealth visit. We will ask you to get a home blood pressure cuff / a thermometer/ and a scale at your pharmacy and take your blood pressure, weight and temperature prior to the visit. We will email you a link and a time to log in for the visit like a regular appointment. You will have a 10-15 minute with Dr. Gottfried or Terri. For patients who need monitoring once or twice a week or have other issues needing in person evaluation, we will see you in the office like usual.
For our non- pregnant patients, if you would like to use Telehealth for a counselling or results visit, please schedule a time by calling in , texting , or using zocdoc. We will schedule a visit for you and this will be billed to your insurance using the Telehealth codes.
For all patients who need to come in to the office for a visit, we are doing our best to protect you and to protect our staff . If you have a fever, cough, or are otherwise feeling ill, please call us first to receive specific instructions. For all patients, please come to the visit by yourself if possible to have as few people in the office at a time as possible. Please leave children at home as they may be carriers of the virus without symptoms. If you are coming in for an ob ultrasound, you can have one other person accompany you. We can include other family members in the ultrasound visit via your phone and a conferencing app.
For all of us, please observe social distancing- only leave your house when you have to. Walks outside are okay if away from other people who don’t live in your household. Store visits and food pick ups should only be made by one , low risk member of your household. If everyone goes out to the store or restaurant, it defeats the purpose of social distancing.
Please do what you can to keep you and your family healthy. We are here for you to help you through this difficult time. Please call if we can help in any way.