Posted 9/24/2020 in Family Practice
Brought to you by Regional Family Health-Hopkinton
2020 has been unlike any other year. As we move into the fall, Regional Family Health in Hopkinton wants to remind our communities to continue seeking care for your routine healthcare needs and concerns. COVID-19 has upended many things in our lives and added concern for coming in for routine healthcare. While COVID-19 is scary and can impact those with underlying health conditions, all healthcare providers are dedicated to ensuring you receive quality, safe care at all times.
“Our team in Hopkinton is working hard to provide a safe environment and ensure processes are in place to decrease the potential for COVID-19 exposure. We do not want our community to neglect coming in to be seen out of fear of COVID-19,” shared Tara Mescher, Nurse Practitioner. “We are here and ready to care for each of you.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Iowa Department of Public Health considers an “at risk” community exposure when someone is within six feet of a person with infection for longer than 30 minutes without PPE (personal protective equipment). Regional Family Health and Regional Medical Center have put several mitigation procedures in place to decrease the risk of this type of exposure in our facilities.
- Everyone is being asked screening questions and having their temperature taken at our facility entrances
- Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when coming to an appointment (e.g. mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.)
- Non-respiratory patients are separated from those with respiratory symptoms
- The clinics and hospital are operating at a reduced capacity so patients are not spending time in waiting rooms
- Utilizing social distancing measures to ensure people are spaced at least six feet from one another
- When appropriate, patients are asked to come to appointments alone
Healthcare providers want to help you prevent disease and illness when possible. Health maintenance exams, well-child checks, and immunizations are very important ways of doing this. If you postponed your child’s visit, or your own, now may be a good time to reschedule your appointment(s).
Please do not put off your healthcare, especially out of fear. Rest assured, your safety, health and well-being is a top priority.