COVID-19: What to KNOW and What to DO

After Hours Clinic Patients:

Upon Arrival:

 

Please return to your vehicle and call (705) 476-1413 during our office hours below;

·      Monday to Thursday’s – 5pm to 8pm

·      Saturday’s – 9am to 12pm (new hrs due to COVID-19)

·      Sunday’s – 9am to 11am (new hrs due to COVID-19)

 

This is required in order for you to complete triage over the telephone with our Nurse.

 

The Physician working clinic will then call you to complete your appointment over the telephone or we will call you to advise if you need to be seen in office and we will let you into the building.

 

This process is needed to ensure to keep our patients safe during these unprecedented times due to COVID-19.

 

Thank you for your patience,

BSFHT Physicians & Staff 


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What You Need to KNOW

Educate yourself using reliable sources. Symptoms are similar to influenza such as:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia and kidney failure

Your risk of severe disease may be higher if:

  • you are over 60 years old
  • you have a weakened immune system
  • you have a health condition such as heart disease or a respiratory condition

In severe cases, death is possible. There are no treatments or vaccines for COVID-19. Most people who get COVID-19 will have a mild case and will recover on their own.

What You Need to DO

  • Clean your hands regularly with hand sanitizer or soap and water
  • Do not touch your face
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or use a tissue
  • Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant
  • If you develop shortness of breath, seek care immediately
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Avoid traveling if you have a fever or cough
  • If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, stay at home and call your doctor
  • If you think that you have COVID-19;
    • Stay home
    • Drink plenty of fluids
    • Rest and sleep as much as possible
    • Call your doctor
    • If you are sick and have to go out, wear an isolation mask
  • If you suspect COVID-19 exposure please call the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808 to speak directly with a public health nurse for further direction


Disclaimer:

COVID-19 is placing stress on Canada’s public health system. Our clinic is starting to offer virtual care to make sure that we can continue to care for our patients safely and effectively. This means that we will be using video and audio technologies for some patient visits rather than asking all patients to come into our office. Some of these technologies are provided by the Province ( ie OTN ). Others have been provided by vendors like Google, or Apple to help make discussions with your care provider as easy as possible during these difficult times. Some health concerns can be addressed with virtual care alone, but in some cases your doctor may ask you to visit a hospital or other health care facility if necessary, for a physical examination. We do our best to make sure that any information you give to us during virtual care visits is private and secure, but no video or audio tools are ever completely secure. There is an increased security risk that your health information may be intercepted or disclosed to third parties when using video or audio communications tools. To help us keep your information safe and secure, you can

Virtual Clinical Visit Consent

Before we book a virtual visit, I need to explain a few things. Virtual visits are new to us because of the state of emergency.

Description

  • We use video and audio technology so we can see and hear each other 
  • We recommend you be in a quiet place for your virtual visit so that others cannot overhear the session (unless you want to include others in your visit – please tell us who is with you)
  • You will be asked for details of what is happening and your health history – these questions may be very  personal and sensitive
  • Details of your virtual visit will be recorded in your health record just like in an in-person visit
  • We will not make a recording of the virtual visit. We ask that you not record the visit either.
  • We may ask to take photographs if necessary to treat you – we will tell you before we take any photograph

Limits

  • Virtual visits are not appropriate for emergencies – please call 9-1-1
  • We may not be able to have a virtual visit with you if we need to touch you as part of the examination
  • Time may be limited based on the availability of our staff during the pandemic
  • This service may not be available after the pandemic – we may need to end it at any time

Privacy

  • We have taken appropriate steps to preserve your privacy based on this emergency situation
  • However, we cannot provide you with the same guarantee of security and confidentiality as if you were seen in person
  • Our staff who are doing the virtual visit may be working from home because of the pandemic – they will also try to find a quiet place away from others in their household

Risks

  • It is possible there could be a problem with the technology and your session could be cut short or interrupted
  • The quality of the video or audio may not be good enough for a health care provider to assist you virtually or could negatively impact the quality of the care you receive