As the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to impact the United States, we’re all having to make adjustments to adapt to the rules and regulations set to protect us all. That means things will be a bit different when you visit the providers at Triangle Physicians for Women.
We want our patients to know that we are here for them during this trying time. Our goal, as always, is to provide exceptional care with the utmost safety. To comply with federal and state guidelines, we are making some changes so we can keep serving you. If you are a current patient, please read our current policies and procedures.
What are Triangle Physicians for Women’s COVID-19 Policies?
The team at Triangle Physicians for Women is taking many precautionary steps to ensure the health and safety of our patients, staff, and physicians. These are our current policies, but as the situation keeps developing, we may make changes.
We are making the following adjustments to our services:
- We still see anyone who is not showing symptoms for all OB/GYN appointments.
- We are offering telemedicine appointments when appropriate for patients who are unable to visit the office.
- As of May 4th, we are resuming in-office appointments for annual exams and mammograms.
In the office, we are taking the following preventive measures and following social distancing guidelines for patient safety:
- We are increasing our already stringent cleaning procedures in all spaces, including a thorough cleaning of exam rooms between each patient.
- Patients coming in for appointments will be able to wait in their cars instead of entering the office to wait. When it is time for you to be seen, a staff member will call you so you can be taken immediately to your own exam room.
- All patients will have their temperatures taken before entering the office.
If you have the following symptoms, please do not visit the office. Call us at (919) 678-6900 to let us know you need to cancel your appointment:
- Shortness of breath
- GI symptoms
If you can answer “yes” to either of these questions, we ask that you call (919) 678-6900 to cancel your appointment.
- Have you been in contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19?
- Have you traveled outside of the US in the past 3 weeks?
Guidance on COVID-19 During Pregnancy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is unknown whether or not pregnant people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than the general public. So far, it seems pregnant people have the same risks as adults who are not pregnant.
However, pregnant people have a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses in the same family as COVID-19. So, it is recommended that pregnant people practice vigilance in protecting themselves from infection.
We have limited information about mother-to-child transmission currently. If you do get sick, it is unlikely that it would be transmitted during pregnancy, but after birth newborns are vulnerable to infection from person-to-person contact. If you have the virus, talk to your healthcare providers about whether or not you should breastfeed. There is no evidence at this time that the virus is transmitted in breast milk.
Steps for Protection
- Avoid people who are sick or who have been exposed to the virus.
- If possible, stay home unless you need to go out for something essential, like an OB/GYN visit.
- Clean your hands frequently using soap and water.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in addition to washing your hands or when you can’t wash them.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (countertops, cell phones, chargers, computer keyboards & mice, remote controls, light switches, bathroom surfaces) at least once every day.
Check the following links for more detailed information on COVID-19 and pregnancy:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
- Massachusetts General Hospital
If you have further questions about our policies relating to COVID-19, please contact the office at (919) 678-6900. We will be closed on April 10th, April 17th, and April 24th. Otherwise, we are currently open for regular office hours. Check our homepage for more information, as the situation is changing and adjustments may need to be made.