Your Safety is our Top Priority
We care very much about your health and well-being. In some situations, the health risk of postponing a visit may be larger than your risk of coming into our building. That’s why we’ve put in place many safety precautions in our medical offices to reduce the risk of illness spread.
We also now offer video visits where you can “meet” with your provider using a smartphone, computer or tablet. Video visits are safe and convenient! Your provider may recommend this instead of coming into the office.
Now and always, your care is essential. With more safety features in our offices and the option in many cases to have video visits, we have safety covered.
Listen to Dr. Joseph Sidari talk about the steps we’ve taken to ensure our patients are safe.
Enhanced Safety in our Offices
Your safety is our top concern and we’re committed to providing the care you need in the safest way possible.
Here are some of the ways you can feel comfortable knowing that we’ve got safety covered in our offices:
|All patients, visitors, staff and medical providers are masked when entering our facilities.|
|Everyone entering must sanitize their hands.|
|Limiting visitors: only one visitor may accompany a patient to an appointment.|
|Reducing the number of people in the offices by staggering scheduled appointments.|
|Ability to virtually check-in and pay a co-pay via MyChart.|
|Implementing 6’ social distancing cues in our waiting areas and check in/out lines.|
|Limiting elevator capacity to 4 people.|
|Continued extensive cleaning in all parts of our offices (including check-in kiosks and tablets).|
|Keeping COVID-19 testing separate from regular in-person care.|
|Regularly testing our employees for COVID-19 as needed.|
|All surgery patients are tested for COVID-19 4-5 days before surgery.|
|All employees and patients are screened every day before they can enter.|
Additionally, for our patients who are seen at Worcester Medical Center/Saint Vincent Hospital, rest assured the hospital is taking all recommended safety precautions to keep patients safe. The hospital is doing a very comprehensive job in the facility to reduce the spread of illness. View their policy here.
Particularly now, it may not be recommended for some patients to come into our offices for a medical appointment. In situations like these, virtual care through video visits is a convenient, safe, and secure way for you to talk with your provider and care team without having to come into the office. Video visits will continue to be a convenient option for many patients, including those with chronic conditions or who are at higher risk for COVID-19 and needing routine care. If your provider recommends a video visit, you can trust that he/she feels it is appropriate for your condition and that it is an important part of your care.
If you need help with the technology, don’t worry, our staff will help you every step of the way.
Very soon, you will be able to easily join video visits through MyChart, our online patient portal. If you are not using MyChart, register here. You can book a video visit by calling your doctor’s office.
Your Health is Essential
Even in these uncertain times, it’s extremely important that you do not delay getting the care you need, whether in our office or by video. There can be serious risk in delaying or not scheduling necessary care, including coming into our offices for recommended physical exams, diagnostic testing and screenings. This is particularly true for people with chronic conditions.