COVID-19: Information & Updates
The physicians at Peachtree Orthopedics continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak via the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the World Health Organization. The protocols are evolving, and we are working hard to mitigate any impact on our patients, community, staff and providers.
We ask all patients and their guests who have had a fever in the last 24 hours, have a cough or shortness of breath, or have been exposed to someone suspected to have, or with a confirmed case of COVID-19, reschedule their appointments from in-office to telemedicine. Please understand that if you arrive for your appointment and are requested to reschedule, this is being done in the best interest of our patients, staff, and the general public. For your safety and protection, the following protocols will be followed for all in-office visits:
- All patients will be asked to use hand saniziter or proceed to nearest bathroom to wash their hands upon entering.
- Forehead temperature scans will be given, and anyone with a reading over 99.6 will be asked to reschedule their appointment to a telemedicine visit.
- No guests are allowed with a patient with the following exceptions: if the patient requires assistance, if the patient is a minor, or if the guest is the Interpreter for the patient.
We are following CDC recommendations for screening and management of patients. Staff are asking all patients screening questions when they schedule and check in for their appointments. If you are at all concerned that you may have been exposed to or are infected with COVID-19 or any other infectious disease, your best course of action is to seek guidance from your primary care physician.
Visits for patients 65+ and those with serious health conditions
We now recommended that patients over 65 and those with serious health conditions seeking care for long term, chronic musculoskeletal issues, or who are coming to the office for routine follow up be seen by their provider via a telemedicine visit. These conditions include:
- Chronic respiratory disease (i.e. COPD, emphysema, moderate to severe asthma)
- Cardiovascular disease (i.e. heart failure, coronary artery disease)
- Any uncontrolled health condition (i.e. high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney failure requiring dialysis)
- Any condition that leads to immune compromised status (use of steroids/immune suppressing drugs for autoimmune diseases, HIV, history of organ transplant, morbid obesity)
Our telemedicine visits provide flexibility for you to utilize a smart phone or tablet to complete a face-to-face encounter with a provider, and our team is happy to help you get set up on the device of your choice. More details are below.
Telehealth Virtual Visits
Get the specialized orthopedic care you need, without risking your health. It's simple to use, and the secure, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing technology can be used with any device. Telehealth benefits include:
- Be seen/treated from anywhere
- No travel time; no parking hassles
- Keep your distance from others without reducing your quality of care
- Review diagnostic tests such as x-rays and MRIs during a telehealth visit
- Scheduling is simple and easy. Call (404) 355-0743 to make an appointment with a specialist. You will receive an email from OrthoLive regarding your new appointment. Step-by-step directions will follow, including how to download the OrthoLive app. If you'd like to review further details on how the process works, click here.
Urgent Ortho Visits
UrgentORTHO immediate care services are open and available for urgent/acute orthopedic care. In-person and/or telehealth appointments are available on the same-day and Saturday mornings. Please click here for UrgentORTHO locations and hours.
In accordance with changes in hospital policy, your surgeon will be contacting you to reschedule or postpone current elective procedures.
Again, this is an evolving situation. We are closely monitoring it and will continue to provide you with updates on this page. We take your health and safety very seriously, and please be assured we are doing everything we can to mitigate the spread of the virus and your risk of exposure. We hope you and your families stay safe and well.
Kevin Deter, CEO, and Dr. Anuj Gupta, President