This post will be updated regularly as new information is available.
As everyone is aware, the COVID-19 virus has rapidly spread throughout the United States and regionally in the Southeast. As such, Southern ENT is committed to continue to provide safe, high quality care. We are aggressively taking measures to prevent spread within our facility in order to protect all patients and staff. At current, we will be screening all patients at check-in for fever and symptoms closely associated with COVID-19.
We are now offering Telemedicine services over the phone or via video conference for patients who would like an evaluation but would like to stay at home. Call our office at 205-838-3755 to schedule!
We are prepared with measures from the CDC guidelines for reducing exposure risk. Current measures include:
-Antiseptic cleaning of each room following each individual patient encounter. We will also be cleaning the waiting room at regular intervals throughout the day.
-Provider, staff and patient handwashing before and following each encounter.
-Standard PPE (personal protective equipment) will be used in all patient encounters.
-Limiting patient encounters to the patient and one other guest if necessary (Parent, Caregiver). We would ask any other family members or friends to wait in the car.
-Per guidelines, we will avoid direct contact with hand-shaking during encounters.
-Allergy shots will be given curbside rather than inside the office.
*If you have experienced fever/chills, body aches or lower respiratory symptoms (shortness of breath, cough with onset less than 14 days), we respectfully ask that you do not present to our office for evaluation and reschedule your upcoming appointment.
You have several options for testing if you think you may have coronavirus. You may call the 24/7 Alabama COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-264-2256 for testing site locations and hours of operation. Also, in partnership with the Jefferson County Department of Health, UAB has opened an appointment-based testing center, open seven days per week from 9 am – 1:30 pm. Patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can call 205-975-1881 for screening. If they meet the screening criteria, they will be provided an appointment time at our drive-through testing center. Patients must have an appointment to be tested.
As always, our number one concern is patient safety and well-being. Thank you all for your understanding.
-Southern ENT staff