COVID-19 Updates for Our Patients and Medical Community
At Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology, our primary focus is and always has been the health and safety of our patients, staff and our community. We are dedicated to all of you and offer our continued support.
During this difficult and unprecedented time, we want you to know we are here for you. We are not operating in the typical capacity, but we are offering telehealth visits with our providers and continue to offer the same exceptional patient care.
How to Schedule a Telehealth Visit
If you already had an upcoming visit scheduled within the next two weeks or are a referring provider, please call (717) 761-0930 to arrange a telehealth visit.
Preventative Care at our Practice
All of us within the Jackson Siegelbaum Gastroenterology and the West Shore Endoscopy center are practicing vigilant preventative measures. This includes:
- Hand sanitizing before and after patient visits, frequent cleaning of our workspaces and close monitoring of our contacts.
- Any one of us who demonstrates signs or symptoms of potential infection are instructed to seek medical evaluation and clearance before returning to work.
- Patients are screened by phone in advance of their visit to determine whether they have any related symptoms or potential high-risk exposures.
- Patients are also asked screening questions at their visit.
- Patients with symptoms or high-risk exposures, are directed to their primary care for further assessment.
Please contact us if your travel plans are disrupted and you need a medical note from us.
Important Information for Patients on Immunosuppressant Medications
Please do not stop your medications. It is important to keep your GI disease optimally managed. Please call 717-761-0930 or contact us through the patient portal if you develop any respiratory symptoms.
For Our Medical Community
As part of the larger medical community, please be aware that we remain open and positioned to provide ongoing care in the uncertain midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
As it may relate to our patients, those you may see in your practice:
- The incidence of GI symptoms including nausea and/or diarrhea are uncertain with some reports below 5% and others at 50%. There have been some reports of isolated diarrhea preceding cough and fever.
- Abnormal liver enzymes are observed in 20-30% of persons with COVID-19 infection.
- Leukocyte counts drop in persons with COVID-19 infection, and elevated WBC is a poor prognostic sign.
- Older people and those listed by the CDC as vulnerable populations, including severe chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, decompensated cirrhosis, HIV with low CD4 counts, and immunosuppression, (including liver and other solid organ transplant recipients) are at higher risk of developing more serious illness. Pregnancy may be a risk.
- As of today, we have advised our patients on immunosuppressant therapy to continue their medications. This includes those patients on infusions. The risk of a disease flare or organ rejection is greater than contracting COVID-19.
- We are talking with patients to rescheduling elective endoscopies.
Please call 717-761-0930 or contact us through the patient portal if you have any questions.