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Comments Off on Rheumatology Appointments During Corona Virus Pandemic (Revised 21/3/2020)

This is just to let you all know that I have decided to suspend physical appointments in my office for the foreseeable future. These will be replaced, where possible, with video and telephone consultations which  have been in place for the last week, and are working well.

I will still be available to provide emergency, in person care, where necessary.

As the spread of the Corona virus in the community deepens, so does the likelihood of being exposed to the virus, particularly to those carrying the virus, who have not yet developed symptoms. This makes it very difficult to identify those at risk of spreading infection.

I have made this difficult decision to to protect all of those under my care, my staff, and myself from unnecessary exposure to the virus, and to assist public health efforts to slow its spread through social distancing.

I also have a duty of care to provide on-going care to existing patients, and I will continue to provide support using video consultations and the phone.

I am also asking all patients with non urgent problems to postpone their visits for the moment. All non-urgent new patient appointments will also be postponed.

This situation will remain in place until April 19th 2020 in the first place. Please check back here for updates.

Where patients need to attend in person, additional special precautions will be taken to protect patients and staff.

Infusion therapies will continue as scheduled but extra precautions are in place. If there is any change to this situation the infusion centre will contact you.

I have a scheduled appointment. Do I need to contact the office?

No. My office will contact you directly to arrange a video or phone appointment, or to reschedule.

I don’t have an appointment but need one. What do I do?

Rest assured the office team are all still working and contactable. The best way to contact the office at the moment is by email on suite.19@galwayclinic.com (not GDPR compliant but I’ll leave that up to you). The phone has been particularly busy this week so it currently the easiest way to get in touch.

Thanks for your patience and understanding at this difficult time. Stay safe.

Dr. Ronan Kavanagh MD FRCPI

 

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