Visiting our Facility
At Gulf Coast Endoscopy Center, we are working with local and state health departments, and are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and recommendations. In our operating rooms and across all patient care areas, we provide the highest level of cleaning and disinfecting by following guidelines from the CDC and the Association of Operating Room Nurse (AORN). As we work together to keep patients, visitors and our team safe, here’s what you can expect from us:
All patient should self-monitor yourself at home by taking your temperature and monitoring for cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing (flu-like). You should stay away from anyone who has had recent travel, had flu-like symptoms, or has tested positive for coronavirus. Please call the facility if you develop a fever or any flu-like symptoms. One week prior to the date of your procedure you may be asked to come to the Center (1220 East Venice Ave) to be tested in our drive-up testing area at the front of the building, please arrive between 8am and 2pm. We are only testing patients that are scheduled for an aerosol producing procedure such as upper endoscopies.
Visiting our Center on the day of Surgery
For the safety of our patients and visitors, we ask that you come to the facility wearing a mask. Please note that building access is being limited to specific entryways to help improve social distancing. You will be greeted by one of our team members in the lobby; they will ask you screening questions about your general health and take your temperature. This screening process is mandatory for every person entering the facility. Upon completion of the screening process you will be escorted into the lobby to complete registration and begin your pre-surgical care.
For the utmost safety of all, we encourage all visitors to remain in their cars or return home as visitors are prohibited at this time. We will contact them upon completion of your recovery and will provide them with your instructions for discharge.
At Gulf Coast Endoscopy Center, there is no higher priority than your well-being and the broader health of our communities. We understand the fear and concern surrounding this outbreak, and we are committed to doing all we can to keep you and your family healthy and offer you peace of mind. Although you may have concerns about the coronavirus, we are here to keep you informed. We are closely monitoring the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are taking proactive steps to ensure your safety.
Our top priority, as always, is to deliver safe, high-quality care to you and all patients that we serve. We understand the value our facility provides an important site of access for patients needing ongoing healthcare diagnostics, procedures and surgeries in a controlled and safe environment, and we appreciate the trust you have placed in us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory (lung) illness. Flu-like symptoms are:
(a) Coronavirus can be spread in several ways. Follow this link for more information.
How can I prevent contracting or spreading the virus?
(a) Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15 to 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.
(b) Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.
(c) Stay away from people who are sick or have had recent travel
(d) Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then throw tissue away.
(e) Clean and disinfect frequently touched items and surfaces.
(f) Stay home when you are sick, except to receive medical care.
What do I do if I think I have coronavirus?
(a) Call your doctor right away for advice and minimize contact with others.
(b) Stay home except to get medical care.
(c) If you have shortness of breath, call 911 immediately.
(d) Do not come to the surgical facility without clearance from your physician.
(a) You may purchase a mask from Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart or like retail stores
Please know that we have an unwavering commitment to the safety of our patients, visitors and team. Thank you for choosing our center to meet your healthcare needs.