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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Alert
We at Kidney Care Specialists - Nephrology Associates Division want to ensure our patients, their family, and support staff, staff and physicians remain healthy and safe as the COVID-19 virus spreads. All patients should take precautions to reduce the spread of COVID 19.
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face
- Keep space between yourself and others and stay away from those who may be sick
- Avoid unnecessary time in public places and do not travel
- Stay at home as much as possible if there are cases reported in your community
While most cases result in a mild illness, certain populations are at higher risk for complications including elderly patients and those with chronic health conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure conditions, and diabetes. This includes many of our patients.
At this time, unnecessary trips to the hospital pose a great risk to you and the community. Among those most threatened by the virus are people with chronic health conditions, such as kidney disease. To avoid exposure at the emergency room, be sure to keep your doctor appointments and follow their instructions to keep your overall health stable.
About Telehealth and E-Visits
Most appointments with our nephrologists are being transitioned to video or telephone call visits. Medicare and insurance carriers will cover these remote doctor’s visits. If you have an appointment scheduled or need to see your nephrologist, please call the office to schedule a telehealth visit. The process is very easy and the office staff will gladly walk you through it to ensure you are ready for your visit. Patients will need a phone and or computer to keep the appointment secure and confidential. Patients have been very pleased with Telehealth visits because the doctor can continue to provide great face-to-face care while the patient is at home.
To prepare for your e-visit, follow phone and computer instructions from your doctor’s office. Before the appointment, continue to record your weight and blood pressure, make a note if you have swelling, take your medicines as prescribed, and follow dietary recommendations. The staff will call you the day of your e-visit to review your information, medications, and more. Then the doctor will send you a link which you only need to click, to enter the ‘exam’. You will need to allow access to the microphone and video on your device. When it’s time for your appointment, be sure to have your medication list with you and your log of blood pressure and weight. Make sure you have a pen to write down instructions from the doctor.
Don’t put off your nephrologist appointment.
As always, please call the office if you have questions, concerns, experience unusual symptoms, and need to talk with your doctor. Those with reduced kidney function, along with high-risk chronic conditions cannot afford to miss the Nephrologist appointment, as this can result in a life-threatening need to visit the emergency room.
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- Chronic Kidney Disease Evaluation and Management
- Hypertension Evaluation and Management
- Anemia Clinic
- Patient Education
- Kidney Disease in Pregnancy
- Hereditary Kidney Disease
- And more …
- Kidney Disease
- Glomerular Diseases
- Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Hereditary Kidney Disease