Enhanced Safety Protocols at Ocean Family Gastroenterology

Enhanced Safety Protocols at Ocean Family Gastroenterology

We have been seeing patients several months in the wake of COVID-19 and it doesn’t seem likely that the virus is going to disappear especially as we enter the cold weather season.

If you are suffering from symptoms associated with digestive problems including stomach pain, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gas or it is time for your regular check-up with your gastroenterologist, you do not need to wait due to concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19 in our practice.

To protect you and our community while safely providing you with the care you need, we continue to implement the following protocols based upon current guidance of public health authorities and our own best judgement.

Connect with us Virtually

We offer telehealth visits for those who cannot come to the office and we offer a patient portal for existing patients to communicate with us regarding patient questions, appointments and refills.

Safety Precautions

If you are scheduled to come into our office and you have a cough, difficulty breathing, fever of 99.6 or higher, or you have been in contact with someone with any of these symptoms for the past two weeks, please call us to reschedule your appointment until you have had a COVID-19 test or your symptoms have resolved. Or you can schedule a telehealth appointment.

Consultations and other appointments are limited to avoid overcrowding in the office. And, we have reopened our endoscopy center on a limited schedule to keep the number of people coming into our centers to a minimum.

We are screening every patient, visitor, physician, and staff member for symptoms related to COVID-19 (including temperature) prior to entering our facilities. COVID-19 testing will be required for some patients prior to certain procedures according to safety guidelines set forth by the American College of Gastroenterologists.

We are restricting caregiver and family member access into our offices. For your safety and ours, we ask that caregivers and family members wait in their cars during patient appointments or procedures.

Social distancing and masks are required for all patients, physicians and staff inside our offices. In keeping with the latest safety recommendations from the CDC, non-vented masks are required in our offices. People with vented masks will be given a non-vented mask as a replacement before entering our office.

Continue Good Digestive Health Habits

Your digestive health is an important part of your overall general health. At this time, you can continue to safely see your specialist knowing we are doing everything to we can to provide care in a safe environment.

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