Updated December 19, 2020
We at NWWC understand that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be of concern in the daily lives of our patients, our staff, and their families. We hope that you and your family members remain safe as we all continue to shelter in place, wear masks, and practice social distancing to minimize our collective risks for exposure to this respiratory virus.
We recognize the additional burdens, inconveniences, and financial sacrifices that you may encounter as the pandemic continues. Our office staff and physicians remain fully committed to your health care needs as we continue to provide obstetric and gynecologic services.
We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC in an effort to protect the safety and well-being of our patients and staff as outlined below:
1) We are practicing recommended guidelines to clean and sanitize patient check in areas and exam rooms
2) We are minimizing your time in waiting areas by allowing patients to return to their cars after check in until it is time to be called back for your appointment
3) We are wearing masks and practicing increased handwashing and the liberal use of hand sanitizer
4) We are asking our patients to limit those who accompany them to an office visit to only one person at this time
5) Per recommendations of the CDC, we are asking all patients and those who accompany them to an office visit to wear a face mask to their appointment. Homemade masks, scarfs, or bandannas are an acceptable alternative to a traditional face mask
6) If you experience fever, cough, or shortness of breath, if you have recently traveled outside of the United States, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, or if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, please continue to call us first to speak to one of our physicians prior to your appointment so we can assist with triage and best practice measures
Our office will continue to offer telemedicine visits when appropriate for those who prefer to seek medical care without leaving home.
For those who may desire a consultation or mental health assessment related to stress, anxiety, or other personal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Janeen Samartino, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, is available for consultation via a telemedicine or in office visit. She may be contacted directly at 847-638-3700.
The risks in pregnancy from exposure to COVID-19 continue to remain unclear at this time. You are encouraged to discuss your prenatal or delivery/hospital care concerns related to COVID-19 with our staff and providers at your convenience.
BREAST FEEDING UPDATE:
The CDC continues to recommend breast feeding during the COVID-19 pandemic, as there is no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 to infants from breast milk. If you are breastfeeding and have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you or a household member test positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that you wash your hands before touching your baby and wear a cloth face mask while feeding your baby at the breast. You should also wash your hands before touching a breast pump or bottle parts and clean all parts after each use. Also, you should inform your infant’s pediatrician if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 or if you or a household member tests positive for COVID-19 while nursing.
For those who desire a virtual fitness experience while access to fitness centers and gym are limited during the pandemic, an option for virtual fitness classes is available at psa4life.com. Their classes are affordable, convenient, and provide “fitness that fits into your life” by offering a variety of virtual fitness classes which include yoga, Pilates, barre, HIIT (high intensity interval training), and cycle training, among other fitness activities. Feedback from our patients who have participated in this program have been very positive!
Finally, we at NWWC appreciate all of your kindness, patience, and understanding during this pandemic, and we are honored to continue to provide your health care needs in our local community.
For any questions or concerns, we encourage you to call our office at (847) 394-3553.
COVID 19 and YOUR NWWC OFFICE VISIT
Northwest Women's Consultants