Slocum-Dickson Medical Group in New Hartford has instituted preventive measures in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The health and safety of our patients has always been our top priority and during this time of heightened precautions, we are implementing several measures of protection for our patients and staff,” an SDMG spokesperson said.
• Entrances and patient screening: SDMG is limiting entrance to its main and urgent care entrances only.
All other doors will be used only for exiting the building. All patients and companions, regardless of their reason for visiting the facility, will be screened at these two entrances.
The screening procedure will be relatively quick, but we do ask that patients allow for some additional time to complete this process. If a patient is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they may be asked to return to their vehicle and contact their doctor’s office or urgent care by phone.
• Reducing traffic: If patients need to be accompanied to their appointment, they are being asked to limit companions to only one person, including children.
Every person entering the building will need to go through a screening process. Additionally, SDMG is limiting traffic throughout its building by not allowing pharmaceutical representatives, food vendors, and any other non-essential vendors into the facility during this time.
• Reduced hours of operation: SDMG has reduced hours by closing its facility at 6 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends.
Its urgent care, laboratory and radiology departments are open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Patients can visit SDMG.com or its Facebook page for updates regarding precautionary measures.