COVID-19 Updates For VPFW Patients
VPFW’s offices are open for non-routine visits and OB care. We are committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus).
Our offices are open and available if you need care. We are accepting new patients.
Our top priority is the health of our patients and staff, and our offices are taking the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to provide a safe environment. Our staff members have been instructed to self-isolate if they have had possible exposure or feel symptomatic.
Virtual telehealth visits
For the safety of our patients and staff, we are now offering virtual telehealth visits for current and new patients. These virtual visits will allow patients to meet with their provider from their own home, reducing the number of people in our office and reducing the risk of spreading of COVID-19. If you need to make an appointment, call us to find out if a virtual telehealth visit is an option or if you need to come into the office, depending on your needs, symptoms and risk factors.
If you are not a current patient of VPFW, you will need to fill out our new patient information form before we can conduct a virtual telehealth visit with you.
What to do about your appointment if you have had possible exposure to COVID-19 or are feeling symptomatic
If you have an upcoming appointment and have had possible exposure to COVID-19, are feeling symptomatic, have traveled outside the state in the last 14 days, and/or have been in close contact with someone who has, please call our office at 804-897-2100. Select Option 2 to speak with a phone nurse. We may be able to schedule a virtual telehealth appointment so that you can remain isolated at home.
What to do if you are pregnant and you have had possible exposure to COVID-19 or are feeling symptomatic
If you are pregnant and are feeling symptomatic, have had possible exposure to COVID-19, have traveled outside of the state in the last 14 days, and/or have been in close contact with someone who has, please call our office at 804-897-2100. Select Option 2 to speak with a phone nurse so that we may assess your current condition and determine how best to address any symptoms you may have as well as any upcoming appointments. We may be able to conduct virtual telehealth appointments so that you do not need to come into the office.
COVID-19 FAQ’s for pregnant women
While more evidence is needed, experts say pregnant women are not at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than others in their age group. There is no evidence that the virus can pass from pregnant mothers to their fetuses. We will continue to monitor these studies.
Please see our COVID-19 FAQ’s for pregnant women for important information regarding pregnancy and COVID-19, including precautions, risk factors and implications for appointments, labor, and delivery.
Please do not bring guests to your appointment
In an attempt to protect patients, their families, providers and staff from the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus), we are working to minimize the number of people coming into our offices. We ask patients not to bring anyone, including children, with them to their appointments. Guests will not be permitted into our offices.
For patients who are minors:
We ask that you only bring one adult to your appointment.
For patients who are pregnant:
If you feel that you need to bring an additional person to your visit, please leave them in the lobby of the building outside of our office, in your car, etc. Guests will not be permitted into our offices.
Preventing the spread of illness
Here is how you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system with more cases than they can handle at one time:
- Stay at home if possible.
- Practice social distancing. Keep 6 feet between you and other people.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is not possible.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper sleeve if a tissue is not available.
- Work from home.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick, especially if you are at higher risk of getting sick.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Wear a face mask only if you are sick or if you are caring for someone who is sick, so as not to diminish the supply of face masks for those who need them.
- Do not bring guests to your appointments.
- Do not come to your appointment if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or if you feel you may have been exposed. Call your primary care doctor.
- Call us with any questions! 804-897-2100.
We understand your concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Rest assured that we are closely monitoring the guidelines of the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health. See the resources below to stay up-to-date.