CHANGES TO PRENATAL APPOINTMENTS & PHYSICIAN TEAMS
Please Read | This is not generic pandemic information. It is specific to upcoming prenatal care appointments & changes in physician care teams.
In the last week, the number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia increased drastically. We are doing everything possible to minimize potential COVID-19 exposure to you and your unborn child. As a result, some of your future prenatal care appointments may be done virtually using our Virtual Visit platform. Decisions regarding when virtual care is appropriate in your pregnancy will be determined and communicated to you by your care team.
In preparation for virtual care, you will need to purchase a scale to monitor your weight and a wrist blood pressure monitor. Both may be obtained at area pharmacies, many of which now are offering delivery services, as well as on Amazon.com as both items are considered medically necessary and therefore still being shipped in a timely manner.
For your added safety, we have implemented a dedicated physician hospital deck/in-office model. Roughly one-half of our VWC doctors will see patients in our offices, while the other half will provide care in hospitals. This structure will remain in place until May 15, 2020, or possibly longer should the pandemic persist.
We realize that it can be stressful to change from one doctor’s care to another, especially when you are pregnant, but your safety and that of your unborn child are our primary concern during these unprecedented and uncertain times. Options for virtual visits will be discussed at your next in-office appointment or, in some instances, a member of the VWC care team may call you prior to then. If your doctor of record has been assigned to the dedicated hospital care team, someone will reach out to you shortly to reschedule your appointment with another provider.
Together, with your help and understanding, we can make a difference limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Yours in health,
The Physicians of Virginia Women’s Center
LIVE VIRTUAL CLASSES
The Birthing Babies childbirth education classes taught by Blake Slusser, LCCE, FACCE at Virginia Women’s Center have moved to live, interactive virtual classes via Zoom. Class size is limited to allow for questions and conversation. Register online, call/text 804-761-8008 for details.