To our patients:
At Fort Lauderdale Dermatology, your health and safety are at the forefront of our operations. Like all of you, we have taken social distancing very seriously in the office and at home. As we welcome you back into the office for all your dermatology needs, we will be following the guidance of local and national health agencies, medical associations, and governments to keep all of us as safe as possible. This will include many steps and procedural changes to allow us to serve you in the office while maintaining effective social distancing.
What will we be doing?
- Limiting the number of staff in our office to just 1 or 2
- Limiting the potential for patients to encounter each other in the office by:
- Staggering appointment scheduling to limit overlapping arrivals and departures
- Decreasing the number of patients and guests in the office at one time
- Limiting patient movement through the common areas of the office
- Asking patients to arrive at the scheduled appointment time or call for clearance to enter
- Closing our waiting room; you will walk into the office and be taken directly to a private, sanitized exam room
- Completing all parts of your visit while you are in your exam room, including check-in, meeting with the doctor, exam, procedures, and check-out.
- Sanitizing each exam room and equipment between every patient
- Wearing masks and safety goggles
- Confirming during the appointment reminder call that all patients coming to the office are symptom free and have not been exposed or potentially exposed through any sick contacts or travel. We will reconfirm this information upon arrival at our office.
- Routinely checking temperatures of our office team
- Checking your temperature upon arrival
- Asking anyone with elevated temperature, symptoms, sick contacts, or concerning travel history to leave and reschedule their appointment
What do we need you to do?
- Reschedule your appointment, and do not come to the office if you have tested positive for the novel coronavirus or other respiratory illness, if you have been exposed to anyone with symptoms or a positive test, or if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, influenza, the common cold, or other contagious respiratory illnesses. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, and so on.
- Please arrive at your appointment time—not early or late. If you are early, please wait in the car until your time or call for clearance to enter. If you arrive late, please call the office and ask if it is ok to come in. Our goal is to limit patient interactions.
- Wear a mask or other face and nose covering the entire time you are in the building
- Use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving the office
- Do not touch your face
- Come alone to the office. If someone must drive you, please have them wait in the car. If someone must assist you into the office, limit this to one adult. Only one parent/legal guardian should accompany a patient who is under the age of 18. Guests will also be asked screening questions and have their temperatures taken.
- Remain in your exam room until we have cleared you to leave
Stay safe. Wash your hands. Follow CDC and local official guidance. Take a deep breath.
We will get through this time together, and we will be here and available for your care in the office. We recognize some of our patients may still feel more comfortable remaining home, and we continue to offer virtual visits (telemedicine) so you can see the doctor from the comfort and safety of home. We look forward to seeing you soon.
-Dr. Eric Wilkerson