YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
Clinic Safety Protocols
- Everyone is REQUIRED to wear a mask upon arrival to one of our outpatient clinics and at all times during a visit. Parents and patients over 5 years of age must wear a non-valved mask over their nose and mouth for the duration of the visit. If you arrive to clinic not wearing an appropriate mask, we will provide a surgical or cloth mask. Gaiter and valved masks are not allowed.
- Per our guidelines, only 2 adults can accompany a child to an appointment at an outpatient clinic. This can include 2 parents/guardians OR 1 parent/guardian and a healthcare professional. At this time, no other family members, individuals or anyone under the age of 18 may attend the appointment.
- Fetal Visits Only: Only the fetal patient will be allowed in the Echo Room. The fetal patient and family member will be moved to an exam room for consult if needed.
- At the time of scheduling, we are asking that patients come to a clinic with no more than 2 adults. Additional family members may be asked to wait in their cars.
- Patient/Family should arrive close to their scheduled appointment time. Do not arrive any earlier than 15 minutes beforehand, as this helps with social distancing in our clinics.
- Upon arrival at our clinics the caregiver will be asked a screening questionnaire (for caregiver and patient).If the screening is positive for either the patient or the attending family member(s) our staff will assist you to reschedule for a different day.
- Routine temperature checking will no longer be taken upon arrival to an outpatient clinic, unless it is deemed appropriate clinically. A patient or parent/guardian who has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will likely have to reschedule.
- We are requiring EVERYONE to wear a mask at all times during a visit at one of our clinics.
- To ensure social distancing in the waiting room, we may ask families to wait in their car until they are called inside by a Sibley staff member for their appointment.
- Exam tables are wiped down after each encounter.
- All Sibley staff are wearing masks and have the option to wear goggles.
- Each day we are screening our staff for symptoms.
- If a patient or caregiver is deemed to be at risk for a COVID -19 infection, the physician will be notified and may reschedule the appointment at his/her discretion.
COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS
We are aware that there have been questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and our patients. The vaccine has not been tested in children, so we have no data on it. Some testing has been done in patients >12 years. We cannot give any recommendations yet as it is not approved for use in the pediatric population. We encourage all patients to receive a flu shot this year, and if, and when they are eligible, a COVID shot.