PROTOCOL UPDATE (5/11/20)
We are pleased to announce that we have decided to resume well woman visits and most other gyn appointments. We want to move forward cautiously. There will be some changes to the way we operate under “the new normal”.
-We will require all patients to get their temperature checked at the front door. Anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees will have to be rescheduled.
-All employees and patients must wear a mask at all times in the office.
-At check in you will be asked to use hand sanitizer before going back to an exam room.
Some of our providers will remain out of the office while we transition back to our normal schedules. Hopefully that will change over a short period of time.
NEW OFFICE PROTOCOL (4/0/20)
All patients will need to come alone for their visit in the office and wear a mask when they come in.
WE ARE STILL SEEING PATIENTS IN OUR OFFICE (4/7/20)
Please note that the previous message regarding protocol below is for OB patients only and only applies to hospital visits.
NEW OB PROTOCOL (4/4/20)
To All of our Wonderful Patients,
At this time, we have decided that due to Covid-19 it is of paramount importance to keep all of you, your families, our employees, and ourselves as safe as possible. In this regard, we have implemented changes in our office schedule, instituted telemedicine and have now decided to consolidate all of our inpatient obstetrical care to Jupiter Medical Center. The reason for this is that by reducing patient contacts at multiple facilities by multiple physicians we are hoping to minimize viral exposure and transmission.
Effective immediately all patients > 32 weeks gestation, will be directed to Jupiter Medical Center. For those patients < 32 weeks gestation, will be directed to St. Mary’s Medical Center. If upon evaluation, admission is required, our maternal fetal medicine colleagues ( Dr. Deborah Jones and Dr. Mariel Morel and University Perinatal Associates, Dr. Ruel Stoessel) will take over your care while in the hospital. Most of you would have already visited their offices for an ultrasound or other consultation, For those patients presenting in labor who choose to go to St. Mary’s Medical Center, you will be cared for by the hospitalists group ObGyn Spoecialists of the Palm Beaches.
As soon as this crisis resolves, we will resume admissions and deliveries at both hospitals. We hope you understand the need for these changes. Your health and safety are our priority. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Truly your Partners in Women’s Health
Drs. Litt, Kaufman, Shaya and Alsina
NEW OFFICE PROCEDURES:
As you have already determined through the media, the protocols and procedures regarding efforts to reduce transmission of the coronavirus change almost daily. We are drawing on the experience in other countries to do our best to make recommendations that are sensible to protect all of us from the potential of this viral illness.
As of Monday morning we will our office to patients only. Anyone accompanying a patient to the office should remain outside the building. This includes children and spouses. This will allow for greater spacing in the waiting room between patients and reduce the chance of virus transmission. We understand that fathers and other family members love to watch ultrasounds of pregnant mothers. Sadly, we do not feel this is a safe practice at the moment. We will take plenty of pictures for the rest of the family to see!
We are also suggesting that patients that have appointments for routine visits consider delaying their visit for 30 days. This includes well woman visits for patients that are otherwise healthy. This is entirely voluntary, but we believe sensible, to protect you and our staff by limiting potential exposure.
We are doing our best to keep our patients healthy and to keep our staff healthy so that we can continue to provide care to those most in need. The magnitude of this potential problem is unprecedented, therefore, no one knows exactly what the correct course of action is. Please be patient and understanding as we do our best to keep everyone safe.
Our job is to keep you healthy or make you well if you are ill. We take that responsibility seriously and will continue to keep your health and safety foremost in our actions.
The Providers and Staff of Partners in Women’s Health
We are pleased to offer our patients Telemedicine services. Telemedicine refers to the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present with each other. To use this service, please make an appointment and fill out the required form below. This service is not for emergencies. If you have an emergency, please call our office or 911.