Coronavirus Updates

as of July 25, 2020

At Fair Oaks Women’s Health, we have implemented policies to reduce the number of medical appointments, to minimize people in our waiting room and to ensure that the office is clean, hygienic and safe for our patients and staff. Please read below to see what the current policies are.

Restrictions and safety practices are in effect. All patients (and staff) are expected to wear a mask at all times while in the office. We have a new written COVID-19 screening form at the front door. See below.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

**See our article on Testing for Coronavirus**

COVID-19 Screening Questions

If you answer YES to any of the questions, a provider will determine if you can be seen or if your appointment can be safely delayed until you get tested for COVID-19.

CLICK HERE TO PRINT THIS PAGE AND FILL OUT AHEAD OF TIME

  1. Within the last 10 days have you been diagnosed with COVID-19, had a positive COVID test, or are waiting for a COVID test result?
  2. Do you live in the same household with or have you had close contact with someone in the past 14 days who has positive COVID or possible COVID?
  3. Have you or anyone in your household traveled outside of California or to another country in the past 21 days?
  4. Have you started to have any of the symptoms below today or within the past 48 hours?
  • Fever, Chills, Sweats or Shivering
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Feeling Unusually Weak
  • Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or congested nose
  • Diarrhea

Governor Orders Masks to be worn

from L.A. Times: "Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday (June 18, 2020) ordered all Californians to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care, after growing concerns that an increase in coronavirus cases has been caused by residents failing to voluntarily take that precaution.

Under state law, residents who violate the new requirement could be charged with a misdemeanor and potentially face a financial penalty, according to a representative for the Newsom administration. However, officials have shied away from enforcing other statewide coronavirus mandates with similar actions, choosing instead to encourage compliance and educate residents about the benefits of safeguards against spread of the virus."

Click here for the Governor's Order

Exceptions to this order include (summarized):

  • Persons age two years or under.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who have regular contact with others should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person based on workplace safety guidelines.
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
  • Persons who are incarcerated.

Editorial: Why do some people refuse to wear masks?

There are many reasons. A common one is that we should have the freedom to decide this for ourselves and the government should not be able to force this on us. Compare this to a discussion about stopping at red lights. "The government should not be able to force me to stop at a red light. I should have the freedom to drive through a red light if I want to."

This makes no sense. Why? Because of the risk -- the danger -- that an accident might occur. The driver might get hurt or their family (if they are in the car) or others, if there is a collision. Why can't we apply this logic to wearing a mask? Failure to wear one can hurt the person being exposed, can hurt their own family if they get sick and bring the virus home, or can hurt others.

PLEASE WEAR A MASK. YOU WILL SAVE LIVES. PERHAPS YOUR OWN.

TeleHealth

Starting May 18, normal office hours resume. Our goal is to see every patient her in the office who wants to or needs to be seen. TeleHealth will be available by patient request, but the number of appts. will be limited.

TeleHealth Process

Our TeleHealth system is provided by UpDox software, and is encrypted and HIPAA-compliant.

When you are ready, the provider will send an invitation link to either your cell phone or e-mail. The link will start with a quick "pre-flight" check to make sure your device is compatible with Video Chat.

Then you will enter a video chat room. The video chat works very well on iPhone (7 or up) or Android cell phones. If using a PC, you need a webcam, speaker and microphone, and Google Chrome browser. The link expires after 10 minutes. All video chats are one-to-one.

We can look at a wound or a skin problem, and of course it's nice to speak face-to-face for any medical interaction with a patient. TeleHealth is for Established FOWH patients only. We cannot do an annual well-woman exam via TeleHealth and we are not able to use TeleHealth for breast or vaginal problems.

Gyn TeleHealth visits for Gyn problems are billable similar to office visits. There is no separate fee for TeleHealth prenatal or postpartum care.

Using TeleHealth Visits we can help you with:

  • Birth control choices or problems
  • Pre-pregnancy or fertility counseling/advice
  • Menopause or Peri-menopause concerns
  • Pelvic pain, painful periods, painful intercourse
  • Irregular periods or PCOS
  • Review of recent abnormal labs or imaging
  • Possible UTI or bladder infection
  • Coronavirus-related concerns

TeleHealth Links

FOWH Visitors Policy

FOWH VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

Out of an abundance of caution, and in order to keep our rooms less crowded and reduce potential staff or provider exposures, we have implemented the following policies:

  • No visitors allowed in the waiting room. Patients only.
  • No visitors for ANY office visit (including prenatal). FaceTime, Skype or audio by phone is allowed. Due to our small exam rooms, we are not able to provide proper distancing for visitors.
  • Exceptions are for a parent of a minor or someone accompanying an individual who cannot be left alone. Also, exceptions for special circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • All patients will receive text messages asking them to wait in their car (or nearby) until we are ready for their appt. (Click here to read about our Text Message Appt Notification).
  • ALL patients (and guests when allowed) will be screened before they are allowed into the office. We will do a quick "no-touch" temp. If your temp is 99 degrees or over, you will have to wait outside the office until a provider can evaluate the situation. There is ample space in the lobby downstairs for visitors to wait.
  • All staff are being screened the same as our patients and guests.
  • Call us if you have a scheduled appointment and we will try to convert it to a scheduled phone call (TeleHealth) with a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.

Click here for Huntington Hospital visitation restrictions

Well Woman Exams Resume

We are now providing all routine gyn care including Well-Woman exams and pap smears. Cancer screening with a pap smear is an important preventive measure and hundred of our patients have been delayed from having this important medical test.

Previously booked appts are still on the schedule, so openings may be limited for a while. We will monitor the number of appt requests. If necessary, we may extend our hours by opening earlier or staying open later.

To help limit the number of people in our waiting room, we have a new procedure using text messaging to communicate to you when we are ready for you to check-in for your appointment. Click here to read about our Text Messaging Appointment Notification process.

Postpartum and Post-Op

We have resumed our routine prenatal and post-op/postpartum schedule and will see you in person for these visits, unless you prefer a phone call. If so, please let us know.

To all 4-6 week Post-Partum Patients: Please complete this brief depression quiz (see below) ahead of time. This will help us prepare for our visit with you. For patients we are following with postpartum depression, please do the same.

Submit the quiz to us by email, fax or submit it online:

Postpartum Depression Test

Here is the quiz to be filled out if you are 4-6 weeks postpartum or are being followed for postpartum depression.

PP Depression Quiz Online FOWH PP Depression Quiz pdf

Text Messaging for your Appointment

Here is how our new system works (see images below):

  1. The day before your appt. you will receive a text message. For a Monday appt. the text will be sent the Friday before.
  2. When you arrive for your appt. and park, reply to the text with the word "ARRIVED".
  3. We will then send you the final text which asks you to wait in your car (or nearby the office) until we send "READY".
  4. When we send "READY", please make your way to the office for your appt.

Please do not use the texting system for other messages to us. Thank you for your understanding. This system will help us to keep the occupancy of the waiting room low so people can maintain proper distancing.

First Text

The day before your appt. you will receive this text message. When you arrive for your appt. and park, reply to the text with the word "ARRIVED".

First Text  Monday Appt

For a Monday appt. this text message will be sent the Friday before. When you arrive for your appt. and park, reply to the text with the word "ARRIVED".

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We will send you this final text which asks you to wait in your car (or nearby the office) until we send "READY". When we send "READY", please make your way to the office for your appt.

Huntington Hospital

Hospital Policies

ALL PATIENTS, STAFF, PHYSICIANS and GUESTS must wear a mask the entire time while in the hospital.

Following the masking announcement by Los Angeles County, effective immediately, everyone will be REQUIRED to wear a mask in all areas of the hospital.

  • Upon arrival to our campus: all staff, patients and the very limited visitors who are permitted will complete the screening procedure and obtain a surgical mask.
  • Surgical masks are required to be worn in all areas of the hospital.
  • Masks must be kept in a paper bag when not worn.
  • Upon Departure: Soiled masks should be thrown away in receptacles or indicated bins.

Visitor restrictions

Click here for Huntington Hospital COVID-19 information

You can call the HH COVID-19 phone line with questions at (626) 397-3777.

OB Policies

Labor and Delivery Department Policies

COVID TESTING

  • Universal COVID testing (nasal swab) for ALL obstetrical patients presenting to Labor and Delivery is being done. Results are available in about 1 hour.
  • Scheduled C/S patients and scheduled induction patients will be tested after they arrive.
  • If COVID-19 POSITIVE, the birth partner will be unable to stay with patient and will be sent home, and NICU will attend the delivery and transport the newborn to the Isolation Nursery. We know this sounds harsh but COVID is too contagious to risk anyone else getting sick.

SIGNIFICANT OTHER (Birth Partner)

  • All patients (labor checks, C/S, or OB problems) will check-in to the OB ED (Obstetrical Emergency Department)
  • ONLY the patient will enter the OB ED (the Birth Partner will have to wait outside the Unit until the patient is admitted or is discharged home).

  • If the patient is admitted, one healthy birth partner will be allowed into the Labor and Delivery and Mother-Baby (Maternity) Unit.
  • Patients have to limit personal belongings brought from home to ONE bag per family (not one bag per person).
  • The designated birth partner, along with the patient, will remain in the hospital room at all times during their stay. The Hospital will provide meals* and toiletries. This means that the birth partner may not leave the labor room or maternity room once admitted. All labor rooms and all maternity rooms have bathrooms with showers. (See below for visitation rules for the High-Risk OB Unit**)
  • All admitted patients have a Registered Nurse (RN) assigned to them. At Huntington Hospital nobody will give birth alone.

BIRTHING SUPPORT

  • In addition to standard medical care by RN's, the hospital has created Birth Support Teams to provide extra support for laboring patients. These are hospital employees knowledgeable about birthing (not nurses) and they are also available to assist women giving birth and afterwards.
  • For women in labor or having a C/S, only one birth partner is allowed. No other guests or visitors. No doulas. This also applies to the Maternity (Postpartum) Unit and the Neonatal ICU (NICU). One guest only, must be the significant other of the patient.

*meals are ordered using "room service". This shuts down at 7 pm, and reopens at 6 am. We suggest bringing snacks with you to the Hospital (late night snacks are also available, ask your nurse).

**For patients admitted to the Perinatal High Risk Unit (PHRU), the support person has two options:

  1. First Option - the support person may stay for the entirety of the hospital admission with meals and toiletries provided, with the understanding that they will not be permitted to leave the room.
  2. Second Option - one designated healthy support person will be allowed 2 consecutive hours per day visiting. This person must be the same person each day and an assessment will take place upon arriving to PHRU.

Donate to Huntington Hospital

DONATE MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Huntington Hospital is accepting donations of needed medical supplies at our donation center: Huntington Collection, 766 S Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena (Parking lot access off Fillmore). Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Medical supplies being accepted at this time include:

  • Medical masks (unused, unexpired medical masks, all kinds) – we are not accepting homemade masks currently.
  • Medical gloves (unopened, unused boxes only).
  • Paper medical gowns (unopened).
  • Hand sanitizer (unopened, unexpired only).
  • Disinfecting wipes (unopened, unused).

We will update this list as we expand our accepted donations over time, as needed. If someone is not local or is unable to drop off medical supplies listed above, we can accept them via a shipment.

Interested parties can email purchasing@huntingtonhospital.com and someone will be in touch with details to create a shipping label.

For more information:

DONATE BLOOD*

Huntington Hospital is experiencing a severe blood shortage and needs your help. *PLEASE CALL FIRST. Appointment REQUIRED.

Call 626-397-5422

Blood Donation Location Change:

The new location for blood donors is: 800 S. Fairmount Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91105. Parking entrance is at 28 Bellefontaine Street (1st driveway when turning from Fair Oaks Ave onto Bellefontaine St), and parking will be validated.

Blood donation hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Police and Fire Dept Tribute to HH

click here for a Brief You Tube Video of a special tribute to the hospital by Pasadena Police and Fire. Note: It is LOUD.

CORONAVIRUS VIDEO - STUNNING GRAPHICS

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"This video was produced incredibly fast. Virologists and epidemiologists were very responsive and fast in their feedback so that we could ensure that the science is correct and the Kurzgesagt team then worked day and night to produce the video. "

California Dept. of Public Health