To Our Patients,
Healthcare for Women would like to thank you for your support and patience during this pandemic. We have always prioritized the safety and health of our patients and staff. In these uncertain times, this is no different. Therefore, we are practicing and enforcing best procedures for the slow re-opening of our offices.
As you may know, our practice has been allowed to re-open for non-essential care. We will start taking appointments for annual exams and non-urgent matters on June 15,2020. We are still offering telehealth visits.
Safety recommendations can and will likely change in accordance with the CDC (cdc.gov) and state recommendations. You can count on us to keep up to date with the latest guidelines by the state and federal government. We will share this information with you on our website healthcareforwomepc.com.
What to Expect on Your Next Appointment
Healthcare for Women is following the CDC’s recommended guidelines to keep our patients and staff safe. We are following strict protocols to minimize your exposure to Covid-19. We are taking the following precautions:
Arriving To The Office
- All patients and staff will have their temperature taken by a non-contact thermometer before entering the building/office. In Arlington, this process is done by the Hospital. In Reston, this process is done by the clinical staff. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be turned away.
- All patients and staff are required to wear a face mask or face covering.
- Companions and children are not allowed inside the office.
- Hand sanitizer and restrooms for washing hands are available. We encourage everyone to wash hands as soon as they arrive.
- COVID-19 waiver and screening questionnaire required to be filled out by all patients.
- Sanitizing and disinfecting of shared areas (waiting room, doorknobs, restrooms, all surfaces, etc.) are performed frequently throughout the day. This includes additional cleaning in patient exam rooms before and after each patient’s visit.
- Staff is required to wash hands frequently. Hand sanitizer is available for everyone throughout the office.
- Social distancing guidelines are being followed by limiting the number of providers and staff in the office, spacing patient appointments, blocking seating in our waiting rooms, and spacing staff workstations.
- To ensure patients maintain social distance, a limited number of patients are allowed in the office at a time. You may be asked to wait in your car or out of the office. Please arrive to your appointment on time. If you arrive earlier, you may be asked to wait outside. If you arrive late, your appointment may be rescheduled. Please know that Virginia Hospital Center is triaging and taking temperatures on all visitors. This process may take a few minutes so plan accordingly.
Getting You Ready for the Visit
- We are implementing remote check-in and clinical triage! This process will happen 2-3 days prior to your appointment and over the phone. The process will include updating your information, running insurance eligibility, collecting payment, and having a clinical staff go over your medical history. Patients will be prompted to download forms from our website and upload them to our secure file sharing portal.
- Patients and staff are encouraged to stay at home if they feel sick.
We are carefully monitoring the pandemic situation. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for everyone. If you have specific questions not addressed here or on our website, reach out to us.
We look forward to seeing you soon,
All the providers at Healthcare for Women