During these unsettling times we want to remind you that our practice continues to have your health and the health of our community forefront in our mind. We are closely following current recommendations by the CDC and monitoring for changes daily. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic we want to assure you that we are open for your healthcare needs and have taken the precautions to do so safely. In addition to our in-office visits, we are pleased to offer telehealth visits for new and established patients.
Coronavirus Response: Your safety is our top priority. This is what we’re doing to protect you from COVID-19 when you visit us.
COVID-19 can cause severe illness and even death. Anyone, including you, can carry the disease and not have any symptoms. We are asking patients to follow the universal precautions prescribed by the CDC, while in our offices and surgery centers. This includes always wearing a mask, washing hands thoroughly, and covering coughs and sneezes. We also ask that you inform the office staff AND your doctor about any known or suspected exposure to COVID before you enter the office.
ENT and Allergy Specialists follows all current universal precautions to protect guests, patients, staff, and providers from exposure in our facilities. No guarantees can be made about completely removing the risk of getting COVID-19.
Protective measures for the safety of our patients, staff and community.
The pandemic isn’t slowing down. The combination of stronger variants and too many unvaccinated people are making it worse. Because COVID first infects the throat, our patients and staff are at an even greater risk. To protect everyone, we must implement additional safety procedures in our office.
We strongly urge everyone eligible to get the vaccine. Please let us know if you are having difficulty finding a facility for a vaccine appointment; we may be able to help. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and powerful way to stop the spread of the virus while protecting you and those around you.
As a reminder, we’ve included some key points about the COVID-19 vaccine:
We look forward to the end of the pandemic when we do not need to take these extraordinary precautions. However, it won’t be over unless we all do our part and get a vaccine if eligible.
To safeguard the health of our patients and staff we are implementing the following:
1. Our staff is screened daily for cough and fever; those exhibiting symptoms will not be permitted to work.
2. Masks are required for all staff AND patients with an in-office appointment.
3. Our staff is washing their hands before AND after each patient interaction. We recommend you wash your hands frequently, as well. Good Handwashing Technique We have hand sanitizer available.
4. Our offices are being cleaned according to CDC guidelines in conjunction with extra sterilization practices.
5. Patients are being screened in advance of appointments to rule out active cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell.
6. We are offering Telemedicine visits for as many patients as possible.
7. Patients with an in-office appointment are instructed to wait in their vehicle; when called they are ushered directly to an exam room.
8. Patients with an in-office appointment will have their temperature taken upon arrival.
9. We are no longer using nebulizers in the office for medication delivery.
10. All allergy shot (SCIT) appointments will be spaced out to 4-6 week intervals (even those currently on build up).
11. We will make an effort to postpone elective allergy procedures that can be deferred such as skin testing, drug challenges, and food challenges
12. Patient who receive Biological drugs in our office that are approved for home administration by the FDA and are stable, do not need to wait 30 min after their shot.
13. Please contact our office if you are on an immunosuppressant (long term oral steroids, Plaquenil, methotrexate, cyclosporin) prescribed by a provider in our practice, as we may consider a dose adjustment. Do not stop your medication without a doctor’s advice.
For additional information, please visit any of the following recommended resources:
Join Brian J. Broker, MD, Board Certified Otolaryngologist, and Head and Neck Surgeon, and Dr. Robert McMurtrie, Chief Medical Officer, Phoenixville Hospital Tower Health as they discuss the importance and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Presented by the Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce.
How safe are COVID-19 vaccines? What is the best COVID-19 for me? I’ve been vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask? I’ve been vaccinated, can I still get COVID-19? Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine in the Philadelphia suburbs?
ENT and Allergy Specialists is working with government and private partners to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to our office. We hope to do our part to vaccinate as many members of the community as possible. You do not need to be an established patient of the practice to receive the vaccine with us. Pre-register here.
August 6, 2020 Dr. Broker answers questions from area residents regarding COVID-19.
Presentation from the evening:
You MUST have a COVID-19 test with negative results within 7 days prior to your appointment. Please notify the office AND bring the test results with you when you come. You must also quarantine from the date the is drawn until your office visit. Thank you!
Our expert panel discusses COVID19 and how it will affect reopening schools this fall.
Today’s topics include:
• How to keep our children safe as they go back to school
• What does social distancing look like in the classroom?
• What is the Phoenixville Area School district doing to help families now?
This test, recently released by LabCorp and Quest, is vastly different than the previously (and still) available test, which measures the presence of viral RNA protein by a nasopharyngeal swab and helps diagnose active infection.
How is the new test different?
The new test takes a small sample of blood and measures antibodies to the virus that are formed upon exposure to the virus. The best time to look for these antibodies are 2 weeks or more after the illness. Results are expected in 2-3 days.
Why get tested?
This test will be useful if you know or suspect that you had COVID-19 at least 14 days ago or are concerned about exposure.
We are hopeful that this test will assist us in finding out who has been exposed and who might have some degree of immunity. It is a start in our efforts as a community to get back to work and play. Of course, it does not negate our need to abide by social distancing and good hygiene in our efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
How can I get the new COVID-19 antibody test?
The test must be ordered by a physician. Schedule a telehealth visit with us at 610-415-1100 to see if the antibody test is right for you!
Replay: Ask The Experts: Dr. Anthony Fauci’s former NIH fellow, our own Carol Actor, MD. Is it a Cold, Flu, Allergies or Coronavirus? What you need to know and how to get testing if you need it.
or visit: clinicaltrials.gov and enter study number NCT04334954. Anyone interested in participating can send an email to: email@example.com
and state that they are interested in participating in NCT04334954 (clinicaltrials.gov identifier)
Principal Investigator: Matthew J. Memoli, MD, National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)