COVID-19 UPDATE

Gentle Procedures Clinic Saskatchewan is committed to providing safe care to our patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Our clinic has taken many additional measures to safeguard our patients, their families, the general public and our staff.

Many protocols have been implemented in the clinic in line with Saskatchewan Health Authority’s guidelines for expanding services in community clinics. This includes principles of infection control, physical distancing and minimizing non-essential contact between individuals.

Please note the following measures will be in place during your appointment booking and clinic visit.

  1. Covid-19 symptoms screening – will be carried out at the time of appointment confirmation via telephone and second time upon arrival at the clinic on the day of the appointment.
  2. Patients and parents or guardians are advised to remain in their vehicles and will be called upon their arrival before physically entering the clinic. We ask that infants be fed prior to entry into the clinic.
  3. Only individuals having appointments will be allowed to enter the clinic. Accompanying persons are not permitted to enter with the exception of one parent or guardian of infants and children.
  4. All patients including children and accompanying parent or guardian should arrive at the clinic wearing a mask. Infants are excluded from masking.
  5. Temperature checks using touch free devices will be conducted on all patients and accompanying parent or guardian.
  6. Alcohol based hand sanitization and gloves will be provided upon arrival to the clinic.
  7. After the registration process is completed, staff will escort you directly into the procedure room.
  8. Areas will be specifically marked X on the floors for purpose of adequate physical distancing.
  9. After the procedure or visit is completed, you will wait in the procedure room and staff will escort you out of the clinic.
  10. Rooms and surfaces will be disinfected after every patient use but it is strongly advised to avoid touching any surfaces to the best possible extent. The room will be unoccupied for 15 minutes after cleaning is completed before the next patient arrives in the procedure room.

Please refer to the https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus for useful information pertaining to COVID-19, self-assessment, social distancing and self-monitoring.

Additional resources about COVID-19:

Government of Saskatchewan emerging Public Health issues – https://saskatchewan.ca/covid19

Canadian Medical Association Covid 19 Updates – https://www.cma.ca/cma-update-coronavirus

Public Health Agency of Canada – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Stay safe and stay healthy!

 Sincerely,

Amith Mulla MBBS, M.Sc, FRCSC, FACS

Gentle Procedures Clinic Saskatchewan

 

INFORMATION ON COVID-19

COVID-19 belongs to a family of viruses that can cause the common cold. This virus originated in animals and then jumped over to human hosts. For the most part, it doesn’t significantly affect young and/or healthy persons. Casualties usually arise in the elderly and those who have significant medical problems.

COVID-19 spreads via contact with an infected individual or their body fluids (e.g. saliva, sputum, stool). It is NOT airborne. Handwashing is the most important defense against the virus.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19:

The symptoms of COVID-19 are like other respiratory illnesses including the flu and common cold. They include coughing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.

You can also visit the Government of Canada information site for updated details anytime at Canada.ca/coronavirus/