Due to COVID-19, there's been a reduction of in-person doctor visits. According to a survey on reproductive health 33% of women have canceled or delayed visits to health care providers for fear of getting infected. The good news, OB/GYN practices are working on ways to help women, without sacrificing their safety.
Dr. Staci L. McHale and our team at New Beginnings OB-GYN have been helping women in the Las Vegas, NV area for years with many different obstetric and gynecological services. We can help you find treatment during these tough times.
How does COVID-19 affect OB/GYN services?
With the stay at home requirements and the social distancing procedures in place, people hesitate to visit their OB/GYN. Between that and medical offices limiting the number of patients and services, getting treatment can be difficult.
With that said, experts are learning more about the coronavirus every day, which allows OB/GYN practices to make changes when necessary to slow the spread while continuing to treat patients.
How medical practices are helping
While medical practices are reducing the number of patients in the office, most are handling patients through telehealth visits. For women with contraceptives and other basic gynecological questions, virtual appointments are a good option.
However, for pregnant patients and emergency needs, you’ll likely need in-office visits. The good news is, our office is following strict guidelines to make it safe for our patients and staff.
There will likely be a limited number of patients allowed in at any given time, and masks are mandatory. If you're high risk for COVID-19 (those with weakened immune systems, are diabetic, have cancer, etc.) or infected with COVID-19 we may ask you to reschedule your appointment for safety reasons.
What you can do to help
It's important you follow the CDC precautions when going outside, as well as when going to medical appointments. Maintain the proper space apart for social distancing guidelines, wear a mask at all times outside of the house and keep your hands clean with either soap or hand sanitizer (with 60% alcohol or higher).
When at home, keep countertops and surfaces used routinely clean, and if someone is sick, maintain a safe distance. Avoid putting off necessary appointments, and take advantage of telehealth visits when possible.
If you’re dealing with any OB/GYN concerns and are looking for answers, make an appointment with Dr. McHale today. She and her team can provide you with expert advice.