Your health and safety are our priorities

. Posted in News, Coronavirus

At InterMed, our team has been working diligently on a plan to safely resume services that were suspended at the start of the pandemic. As Governor Mills directed yesterday, we are using guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we prepare to provide you with safe, high quality care in each of our practice locations.

We will have details soon, but in the meantime, please know that we are open and available to address your healthcare needs for both acute and chronic conditions.

As I noted in my last email, we have taken many steps to ensure your safety when visiting our offices, including the separation of patients suspected of COVID-19 to a separate site. We continue to restrict visitors who accompany patients and require that everyone entering our offices – including our staff — cover their nose and mouth. We are taking the temperature of all patients, visitors, and staff upon entry.

Delaying care can be risky
If you need care or have questions, please call our office, particularly if you have a chronic illness. Some patients have delayed going to the doctor during the pandemic, but it’s important you continue to address your medical issues to not just keep you well, but prevent the complications that can happen when you ignore symptoms or postpone care. If you already have a scheduled office visit, we’ll be contacting you to confirm the appointment.

Many patients have participated in a telehealth visit, which allows you to speak with a physician via computer or your mobile device. Telehealth visits can address a variety of topics, including skin conditions, COVID-19 concerns, and behavioral health topics.

Antibody testing available
Finally, we now offer the COVID-19 antibodies blood test. While the test does not determine if you have COVID-19, it may indicate that you’ve had a previous infection. Because of the complexities associated with interpreting this test, you must speak with your physician, either in person or via telehealth, prior to the test.

I know the past few weeks have been challenging, but thanks to your efforts, the curve is flattening. Please continue to practice social distancing and following the directives outlined by Governor Mills, which now include wearing a mask when social distancing is not an option.

Thank you for choosing InterMed to be your healthcare partner. Our physicians and staff are here for you, and I again encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Please stay safe and healthy,

Dan Loiselle, MD
Chief Medical Officers