Infection control policies for the office

Because many people visit the office when they have some kind of infection, and because many people also visit the doctor when they do not have an infection, infection control procedures in the office are important. We take this very seriously. These policies are for the protection of patients and staff.

When making an appointment, please mention to the staff if you think you have an infection, or are having a cough or a fever. This can be noted in the appointment scheduler and you will be treated preferentially.

On arrival at the office, please use the Purell, waterless hand cleanser, to thoroughly clean your hands. Many infections are spread by simple hand contact. If you have a cough, one of the staff may offer you a mask to wear in the waiting room or in the exam room. Some infections are spread by droplets when coughing. If you are feeling unwell, please mention it to the staff at Check-in.

It is well recognized that children’s toys, which are very difficult to sterilize, are a vehicle for transmission of infections. Please feel free to bring along toys or books for your own child’s use during visits to the office.

These simple, but effective measures will make your visits to the office safer for you and for others.

Things to bring to the appointment:

  • Instructions on how to get to the office if you need it (see here)
  • Health card, personal identification.
  • Information on any other personal medical coverage plans that you have.
  • Any health records, test results, or X-rays that you’ve been asked to bring. Please bring in your sugar diary, BP diary, pain diary or headache diary as recommended by me at any previous visit.
  • Be sure I have an up to date name and phone number of who to contact in an emergency as well as your most current contact information.
  • Although I have a list of all medications you’re currently taking in my electronic file, please remember to report changes in or additions to prescription drugs made at any specialist visits since our last meeting and report all non-prescription medications, as well as any vitamins, supplements, herbal and homeopathic remedies you may also be taking. It is always helpful to bring in all your pill bottles for a review of how and when they are to be taken.
  • A list of other health professionals you’ve recently consulted, why you went to see them, and what they told you.