With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently experiencing unprecedented events which have forced us to make significant changes in all of our daily lives. As always, it has been our philosophy to put our patients first. At the recommendation of local, federal and global agencies, we have made the difficult decision to modify our patient appointments and our surgical schedule.
For all patients who have recently had surgery, rest-assured that we will be making all possible accommodations to ensure there is no disruption in the continuity of your care. Only essential staff, who are healthy and show no signs of illness, will remain in office. As a precautionary measure, we will utilize surgical masks and gloves in our exam rooms. To limit any potential exposure, you will be limited to ONE friend OR family member to accompany you to your appointment. Additionally, children and any elderly companions should not join you for any in-office appointments. Lastly, with the goal of preventing exposure, we are scheduling appointments so that there will only be one patient in the office at any given time.
We will continue to see patients with urgent plastic surgery issues. Urgent problems include recent nasal or facial fractures, rapidly advancing skin cancers, breast cancer patients, patients requiring wound care, and recent lacerations. Our goal is to be available to treat plastic surgery emergencies outside of the hospital to help alleviate the burden on our local healthcare facilities during these trying times.
Additionally, our affiliated surgical centers have cancelled all cosmetic surgeries scheduled for the next week. If you have surgery scheduled, your patient coordinator will reach out to you regarding next steps and rescheduling. We will continue to monitor all developments and communicate any future updates as they occur.
We will, however, continue to provide surgery for urgent, reconstructive procedures within our surgery center.
We must all take this virus very seriously and prioritize minimizing risk to our patients, staff and our community. If you are ill or feel that you may have been in contact with any potentially infected individuals, we kindly request you stay home and contact someone from our clinical team with any questions or concerns. If you have an upcoming consultation and would like to consider virtual online consultations, please speak to one of our patient coordinators.
As always, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your understanding and kindness during these uncertain times. Please stay healthy and safe.
Dr. Christopher Godek and StaffPrevious Post