As of May 1st, the Texas Medical Board (TMB) outlined new minimum standards for safe practice required of physicians when engaging in an in-person patient encounter. This includes:
Wearing masks for the patient and physician (or their delegate) when within 6 feet of each other (both individuals should be masked)
Following applicable policies regarding screening and testing for COVID-19
Screening patients prior to any encounter
Using N95 masks during certain high-risk procedures
Posting a required notice in public areas and treatment rooms
Due to the new rule, all patients and adults accompanying minors with any siblings must wear a mask that covers their face and mouth for the entirety of the time within the office. This can be a bandana or scarf if you do not have access to a mask. If you arrive for your allergy shot or your appointment without a mask, you will be asked to reschedule as we are unable to provide masks.
FMAAC will continue regular hours during this time of recommended social distancing with a few changes to help our visit & allergy shot patients feel more comfortable.
In general all of our scheduled patients are coming in for well visits and we ask that if you or your child are sick (fever or cough) that you call the office to reschedule and that you do NOT come in for allergy shots.
Per the CDC & Health Dept recommendations, patients who are sick should self-quarantine unless they are ill enough to see emergency care in the ER. I do not have masks & other PPE for my staff nor the ability to test for COVID19.
All patients coming in for visits will be roomed immediately for the check in process with vital signs being taken in the exam rooms.
Patients will not be sent to check out if there is a line.
If at all possible (and I understand as a single mom it may not be) please bring as few relatives with you to you or your child’s visit.
ALLERGY SHOT PATIENTS:
You can call on your way so we can get your shot ready & let us know if you did ok with your last shot or not.
You will come in to get the shot then wait in your car.
You can turn in your 30 minute timer in the lobby.
If you’re having symptoms of a reaction you can come back in and we will do our best to put you in a room quickly.
We can collect copays & Co insurance via credit card over the phone so no one is waiting to “check out” after their shots .
Since we have a limited number of staff to answer the phone, room patients and give allergy shots we ask for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented time.
Sherry Barnett MD
Information about office visits & shots starting 3/16/20