COMMITTED TO KEEPING OUR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITY SAFE & HEALTHY
During the pandemic, Louisiana Women’s Healthcare (LWH) has remained by your side. For expectant mothers, and those of you with diagnostic and pressing health issues: we have kept our doors open to you.
We delayed non-urgent care, as women everywhere have been asked to put their annual health appointment on hold in order to help others.
Now it’s time for all women to get back on track with making health a priority again.
LWH has begun to gradually expand our services, but within the context of the situation, our world and community is facing. Surgeries and Diagnostic Testing are being phased in.
Our Scheduling Team may be reached at 225.201.2010 to assist with scheduling your Annual Visit and Preventative Care – the setting and modality may look a little different – but your physician is here for you. High-quality care remains the top priority.
Special precautions are in place at LWH:
- LWH is currently vaccinating our staff in order to continue to be able to continue providing safe, high quality women’s health services.
- We continue to monitor and follow the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG), Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM), International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology (ISUOG), the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), and the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME).
- Schedulers are helping us to space appointments. To support social distancing, we’re limiting the number of people in the reception area at one time. Limiting visits and visitors.
- We ask that you come to your appointment alone. For minors or those with special needs, please contact your physician’s office in advance of the appointment. VISITORS are NOT allowed to accompany patients to doctor’s visit – including children.
- Our Visitor Policy will expand on Monday, November 2nd to allow obstetrical patients to bring one support person (who is over the age of 16) to the obstetrical ultrasound visit ONLY. The visitor will not be allowed to accompany the patient to the doctor’s visit. The patient’s designated visitor should follow the hospital’s protocol for clearance into the Physician Office Building.
- Everyone – including team members, providers and patients – are required to wear a mask or face covering when entering the clinic. Please bring your mask or face covering with you when you visit.
- Patients are screened and temperatures are taken. To the extent that a patient is screened prior to entry and determined to be symptomatic, the patient will be redirected to phone their physician for further instruction. Symptomatic patients are treated at home or in an isolated setting.
- We are regularly disinfecting our clinics throughout the entire day. A complete crew performs deep cleaning each night.
- Enhanced hand washing protocols, hand sanitization, employee health monitoring and clearance, and guidelines for Health Care Professionals remain embedded in our daily operations with heightened emphasis.
Our thoughts are with those affected or impacted by the virus.
As a healthcare provider, we have a commitment to the women in our community that implores us to remain open and available to meet the needs of our patients.
We are diligently following the recommendations from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and will closely monitor the situation.
VISITORS are NOT allowed to accompany patients to doctor’s visit– including children.
Our Visitor Policy will expand on Monday, November 2nd to allow obstetrical patients to bring one support person (who is over the age of 16) to the obstetrical ultrasound visit ONLY. The visitor will not be allowed to accompany the patient to the doctor’s visit. The patient’s designated visitor should follow the hospital’s protocol for clearance into the Physician Office Building. Please respect the safety guidelines for our patients and the health of our workforce during this interim emergency period.
CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.
Updates will be provided on our website as changes occur.
The safety of our patients and of our workforce is paramount.
Effective immediately, Woman’s Hospital is limiting entry into all campus buildings, including the Physician Office Building (“POB”).
Patients will be screened for symptoms and risk factors prior to entering LWH Suite 100.
All asymptomatic patients without risk factors may enter the POB and proceed inside LWH’s Suite 100.
Gynecological and obstetrical patients who are symptomatic or who do not clear the risk assessment (“restricted person”) should contact the physician for further instruction and not enter the building.
A restricted person includes someone who:
- Has signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.
- In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis or under investigation of COVID-19 or is currently ill with respiratory illness.
- Has been on international travel or to areas with sustained community transmission within the last 14 days.
- Has traveled from Orleans or Jefferson Parish.
- Has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Restrictions must be cleared by the patients’ physician prior to the patient entering our facility, the physician will direct the path for clearance depending on the patient’s exposure and risk, which may include the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test and/or the patient remaining asymptomatic for 14 days, or other criteria as it may apply.
VISITORS are NOT ALLOWED to accompany patients to doctor’s visit– including children.
Our Visitor Policy will expand on Monday, November 2nd to allow obstetrical patients to bring one support person (who is over the age of 16) to the obstetrical ultrasound visit ONLY. The visitor will not be allowed to accompany the patient to the doctor’s visit. The patient’s designated visitor should follow the hospital’s protocol for clearance into the Physician Office Building.
Vendors and Pharmaceutical Representatives
No vendors or pharmaceutical representatives will be permitted beyond the lobby until further notice. All pharmaceutical lunches are suspended. Food vendors will not be permitted beyond the lobby.
Protecting Yourself from COVID-19
The steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 are generally the same as those for the flu:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of these diseases to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
Why do you need to wear cloth face coverings?
In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.
When do you need to wear a cloth face covering?
A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. Cloth face coverings are especially important to wear in public in areas of widespread COVID-19 illness.
Do I still need to stay at least 6 feet away from people if wearing a cloth face covering?
Yes. Wearing cloth face coverings is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. CDC still recommends that you stay at least 6 feet away from other people (social distancing), frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. View CDC’s guidance on how to protect yourself.
What type of cloth face covering should be worn?
Cloth face coverings can be made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost.
Who should not wear cloth face coverings?
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
Why is CDC recommending cloth face coverings instead of medical-grade facemasks?
Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders, as recommended by CDC guidance.