We hope this letter finds you and your families healthy and safe. As our community has experienced unprecedented changes and hardship, we are all looking forward to getting back to our new normal routine in the near future. As we slowly and cautiously start thinking about phasing back into in-office hours, our priority continues to be the safety of our patients, staff and community. As of May 4th, 2020 we will begin seeing patients for routine procedures.
As always, we continue to follow stringent infection control recommendations made by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As we move forward, please make note of the following:
Scheduling/ Reconfirming appts:
• Upon scheduling or reconfirming any present or future appointments, we will be asking screening questions related to the current pandemic. You will be asked these same questions again upon arrival at the office. For example, have you had any fever, coughing, shortness of breath, or have you been in contact with anyone with similar symptoms and/or Covid-19?
• Appointment availability may be limited in order to allow staggered scheduling in order to comply with social distancing requirements.
When visiting the office:
Masks: Upon entering the office, we will require all patients to wear a mask– if you do not have one, we are happy to provide one per patient, if we have in stock.
Hand sanitizer: Hand sanitizer will be available for your use at the front desk upon check in, as well as other areas in the office.
Gloves: If you choose to wear gloves, please keep in mind that it is critical that you take precautions while wearing gloves. For example, if you open any door with gloves on and then pick up your phone to call or text someone, the germs you may have picked up as you opened any door will then be on your phone. So please be mindful of this.
Temperature: We will also take your temperature prior to entering the office.
Patient’s family members and/or guardians will be asked to wait in their cars, until the patient’s appointment is complete. Verbal consent for an appointment by a parent or guardian may be given for patients under the age of eighteen.
Cleaning and Disinfection: Staff members will be practicing extra routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: exam tables, countertops, door handles, wait room chairs, and the front desk) with disinfectant.
• Telemedicine appointments will still be available for anyone who either has symptoms that will deter them from coming into the office, or feel more comfortable being seen via virtual methods.
We thank you for your patience as we navigate through these unchartered waters together. We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
To make an appointment (telemed or in-office), please call our offices at 703-893-1114 (Mclean) or 703-492-4140 (Woodbridge), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you all back.
In good health,
Skin & Laser Dermatology Center, PC
Amir A. Bajoghli, MD
T. Larry Smith, MD
Janice Rasmussen, NP-C
Michael DiSimone, PAC
Jessica Matis, DNP, APRN