At MAS, the health and safety of our patients and employees is priority No. 1. We’re dedicated to providing you with both excellent care and peace of mind.
The outbreak of the coronavirus has turned everyday life upside down, with schools and restaurants closed and public gatherings canceled. People are encouraged to stay home to keep the virus from spreading. So you might be asking yourself, “What about my doctor appointment? Should I still go?”
The short answer: Yes. If you’re not sick, keep your appointment. Basically, you’re safer in one of our clinics than you’d be in a grocery store or the emergency room.
But if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, or have been traveling outside the country, please call the clinic to determine what the next step should be.
And for elderly patients or those who are sick or have immunity issues, they may be eligible for Telemedicine – a visit conducted via telephone or video conference. Call the clinic for details.
There have been no coronavirus cases at any MAS facility, and our staff is closely monitored to ensure that they’re healthy and not infected. We’re also limiting the number of employees in the building to those who are essential to providing you with the best possible care. Everyone else is working from home.
We’re checking all patients entering our clinics; patients thought to be at any risk of carrying the virus will have their appointments moved to a later date. Also, we’re capping the number of patients allowed in the waiting room and asking patients to limit the number of people accompanying them for their visit.
Once inside the clinic, patients are asked to spread out to keep contact to an absolute minimum. And the waiting area is wiped down and disinfected multiple times throughout the day. You also can provide your phone number and wait outside the office until it’s your turn.
Our state-of-the-art infection-control system is an extremely effective deterrent to all germs, bacteria and viruses. We’re using hospital-grade cleaners and sanitizers after each patient’s visit to keep the facility sterile and safe. All surfaces and items that might be touched during a visit are immediately wiped down, disinfected and sterilized.
We’re closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control to make sure we’re on top of the latest recommendations and guidance to ensure your health and safety.
And to stay safe, follow the hygiene practices you’ve surely heard about – keep your hands clean and away from your face, keep your distance from others and contain your sneezes and coughs. Remember, the coronavirus most commonly is spread by people sneezing and coughing on each other. Like the World Health Organization advises, do the five: