COVID Safety Requirements

We're taking measures to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients during in-person visits to our offices and endoscopy centers, including pre-procedure COVID testing for our patients and surgical center team members.

HOLIDAY PRECAUTIONS

We ask all patients to remain vigilant in observing safety precautions, especially through the holiday season.  If you are unable to follow the below guidelines, please contact us to reschedule your procedure or in-office appointment.  If you appear and do not meet our safety requirements, your visit or procedure will be cancelled and rescheduled.

  • Wear a mask and maintain distance while in public.
  • Do not not participate in gatherings with individuals who do not live in your household.
  • If you travel, you MUST observe state guidelines when you return to Maryland and/or Washington, D.C. and BEFORE you appear for your appointment.  View Maryland travel advisory        View Washington, D.C. travel advisory
  • Follow all other guidelines listed below for in-person visits

Thank you for keeping yourself, others, and especially our doctors, nurses and care team members, safe!

Precautions for in-person visits

Patients must meet our safety criteria in order to be seen for an in-office appointment.  If you are unable to meet these guidelines, please request a telehealth visit.  If your situation changes before your visit, we will be happy to convert your in-person appointment to a telehealth visit.

  • All patients, providers, and staff are required to wear face masks as part of our hygiene protocol.
  • Do not come for an in-person appointment if you are experiencing fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, chills, muscle pain or loss of taste or sense of smell. 
  • Do not come for an in-person appointment if you have developed a new cough or diarrhea in the last three (3) days or are experiencing newly developed ringing in the ears or hearing loss.
  • Do not come for an in-person appointment if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Do not come for an in-person appointment if you have been exposed to an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Patients who have recently traveled domestically or internationally must meet quarantine and/or testing guidelines set forth by the state of Maryland or the District of Columbia before coming for an in-person appointment.  
  • Patients who have traveled on a cruise must self-quarantine for 14 days and show no signs of COVID-19 before coming for an in-person appointment.
  • Visitors are not permitted in our facilities at this time, unless assisting with or participating in your care.
  • Patients who require an endoscopy procedure will be scheduled for a COVID-19 test within 96 hours of their procedure. 

Safety in our Endoscopy Centers

Besides instituting enhanced hygiene and distancing protocols, we are doing our part to halt the spread of coronavirus with robust testing. Our practice encompasses the only independent specialty laboratory in the Mid-Atlantic states to offer RT-PCR SARS-CoV2 testing, which is the most accurate test available.  For your safety and that of our team members, we are testing patients for COVID-19 before every procedure.  Additionally, we are taking this protocol a step further by routinely administering COVID-19 testing to staff at our endocenters.