This blog is announcing an important change for Main St. Psychiatry. In the face of the Coronavirus Pandemic and out of an abundance of concern for our patients and ourselves, we are changing to virtual sessions as of Monday, March 16th.
What does this mean for you? We are asking all patients to stay home and not come to the office for their appointments. We will do sessions by phone. If you have video capability such as Facetime, Skype or Zoom on your phone or computer, we will do video sessions. If not, we will do phone sessions.
How will this work? At the time of your appointment, your doctor or therapist will call you. It may be that Main St. Psychiatry will show on your phone as the identity of the caller or it may be that no identity of the caller will show. Please pick up the call and have your appointment.
If you need prescriptions, we will call them into the pharmacy. The only exception will be for stimulants which require a paper prescription. These will, as usual, be posted on the door. Lab test orders will also be posted on the door to the office.
During this time, Secretary of State services will continue as will TMS mappings only. TMS treatments will start after we resume face to face services. For those currently receiving daily TMS treatments, those will continue until your course is completed. All injections will be given as usual
We know that this is a very scary time for everyone. When people are not being tested for Covid-19, it is impossible to know how many people are sick with it or how much you risk infection through contact with others. Thus, we are joining with the CDC to encourage social distancing to decrease contact that could result in the spread of coronavirus.
It is clear that for most people, getting sick with this virus will only be an uncomfortable inconvenience. The risk comes when people who are sick spread Coronavirus to the elderly and those with chronic illness. This is the population at most risk and unfortunately, this risk includes death. With this infection you can be contagious before you are symptomatic.
So what else can you do to decrease the spread of coronavirus?
Stay home if you are sick. Period.
Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds (2 rounds of the Happy Birthday song)
Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable
Frequently clean surfaces with disinfectant. This includes your phone and computer keyboard and other things that are frequently touched in your home or office.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
Stay out of crowds and at least 6 feet away from other people.
Either order your groceries online and then go pick them up or shop at times when stores are not crowded. Many stores have late hours and some are open 24 hours (Woodman’s).
If you become anxious and have prn medications, use them if you need them. Take good care of yourself: make sure you get adequate sleep and remember to eat a balanced diet. Keep contact with friends and coworkers for support and, of course, talk to us if you need more help.
We are hoping this Pandemic quickly passes and are anticipating that we will be able to return to business as usual, face to face, in a matter of weeks. In the meantime, be well and take good care. We will be calling.