There are things you should be aware of before coming to the office. Since my office is in Texas Health Allen Hospital all persons coming to my office are required to enter through the hospital emergency department entrance. Screening will be performed at that entrance prior to allowing you admittance. This will consist of general questions about your health, recent travel outside the state in the previous 3 weeks, any known COVID exposure as well as a check of your temperature.
This is a very easy, efficient process based on my personal experience with it. If you do not have a mask one will be provided to you. While you are in the hospital or in my office you will be required to wear a mask at all times unless it needs to be removed for examination purposes. Both I and my staff will also be wearing masks. Screening policies will apply to all of us as well.
To facilitate a smooth experience, we ask that you download and fill out all our patient information paperwork prior to your arrival and review the COVID general health questionnaire below. If you have any of the symptoms listed, we ask that you please call and cancel your appointment.
Ideally, we would like to keep you from having to wait in the waiting room. On our end we will be scheduling patients appropriately to avoid any overlap. We suggest that you come alone but if you need to bring someone with you, it needs to be someone that you are currently living with. Minors must come with an adult. That person will need to be with you during your entire consultation, including in the exam room. We will have additional screening measures for anyone coming to the office including a check of your oxygen saturation (done with a simple clip on finger monitor). If this is abnormal your appointment will need to be rescheduled. For their safety, I will not be seeing patients that are older than 65 until the risks from COVID have diminished.
When you do arrive at the hospital, we ask that you call or text us to let us know you are here. Please stay in your car or outside of the hospital until we let you know that you are ready to be seen. This way we can minimize the number of patients in the office at one time. Our goal is to try to keep it to one patient at a time in the office. After you leave the office all countertops, doorknobs and equipment and will be sanitized for the next patient. Thanks for your patience in advance.
Self-screen before going into a business for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
- Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19