The Covid-19 virus has forced us all to change the way we live and conduct our business. Our practice essentially has been closed since mid-March, only conducting new consults by video. We hope to start operating again in late May, depending on the recommendations from the Governor’s office. However, once we do re-open there will be quite a few changes in our policies.
Be assured that once in-person patient visits and surgeries are available again, we will be taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, as guided by the CDC, OSHA, and the AAAASF (our accrediting organization). This will require changes in our physical office (spacing of waiting room chairs, no magazines, barriers at the main desk, etc.), as well as what patients can expect when visiting the office.
All appointments will be spaced in order to encourage having only one patient in the office at a time. Obviously this will require fewer appointments allowed each day and will likely mean some delays in securing an appointment. However, we will continue to offer new patients the option to schedule their consultation via Zoom. We also will discourage any additional people attending office visits, unless absolutely necessary.
All individuals, whether patients or caregivers, will have their temperature taken and be given questionnaires asking about any potential symptoms, any contact with potential Covid-carriers, and any recent travel. Masks or face coverings will also be required.
Naturally, our offices will be professionally sanitized daily, and more often as needed. All office staff will be required to wear PPE devices, have their temperature taken daily, and are trained to ensure proper social distancing.
This has been a very trying time for all of us, but with intelligent and prudent modifications in our behavior and practices we all will be able to move forward safely.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (608) 271-0500
The team at Dr. Bartell’s office