Updated March 24, 10:09 AM
We're doing our best to be here to answer questions and to help our patients through this trying time. We encourage you to bookmark this page and return to it for pertinent and timely updates.
Yes, We're Open!
Protecting the health of our patients, staff, and community remains our top priority at Gateway Gastroenterology. Our office is OPEN and will remain open for infusions, new office consultations, and follow up visits. In addition to office visits we hope to quickly ramp up our telemedicine service so ask our staff about your options. At this time we feel it is our duty to see patients in order to prevent unnecessary emergency room or urgent care visits. Help us protect our community!
For the next week, the Gateway Endoscopy Center will be closed as we figure out the best way to safely proceed with endoscopic evaluations. Please understand that this is a rapidly changing situation and the safety of our staff and patients will remain our top priority as we consider options for providing care but at the same time protecting our staff and patients.
The physicians of Gateway Gastroenterology believe they have a personal responsibility to provide care to patients with digestive diseases even during these uncertain times. By staying open, we hope to support our hospital system by being a resource for patients and hospital staff and allowing the emergency rooms/urgent care centers to focus their resources on those patients possibly infected with coronavirus.
We're excited to announce that we will soon be offering office visits via telemedicine. Starting Thursday, March 26, you will be able to have a face-to-face appointment with your physician or nurse practitioner via a televideo system. We will strive to make these virtual appointments just as meaningful as being seen in person.
Standard office billing rates will apply. We hope that this will help to allow for your healthcare to be uninterrupted while still practicing social distancing.
Continue Infusion-Based Therapy?
In accordance with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, we are urging all of our patients with crohn's and colitis to continue on infusion-based therapy.
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
- What IBD patients should know about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
- IBD Patient Guidance
CALL FIRST and cancel procedures or office visits if you have a cough, fever, or any flu-like symptoms.
WAIT AT LEAST 2 WEEKS after upper respiratory symptoms resolve before scheduling office visits or procedures.
PROTECT US AND YOURSELF by being diligent about hand washing and being mindful of respiratory hygiene.