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Continues Services While Avoiding Virus Exposure
FORT MYERS, FL— Southwest Florida Neurosurgical & Rehab Associates has announced it will keep its Fort Myers and Cape Coral offices open while utilizing telemedicine to assist in diagnoses in an effort to provide critical neurological surgical and physical medical care to our area.
Additionally, the practice has obtained crucial funding that will allow the long-established medical provider to continue functioning and keep it’s 85 employees fully employed through June. Currently the practice employees five neurological surgeons, three physical medicine physicians, a team of physical therapists and various staff members that keep the practice humming.
“Our overall goal is to keep things as normal as possible in regards to patient safety and treatment,” explained neurosurgeon Wesley H. Faunce, III, M.D. “We certainly will assist patients in every way possible during this crisis”
To keep both patients and staff healthy, the practice will reduce daily patient volume while utilizing minimal staff that will have complete access to all necessary diagnostic equipment. This includes access to onsite MRI and x-ray services.
Patients scheduled for evaluations will be directed to wait in their vehicles until their appointment time. As patients enter the offices, each will have their temperatures taken and be asked of any recent trips made, especially those out of the country. Patients with abnormal readings will be sent home. Finally, the practice has instituted hourly sanitation maintenance to ensure that nothing contagious is present.
“By screening patients in advance, we’re striving to create a safe zone in which patients can still be seen and treated without worrying about catching the virus,” explained Dr. Faunce. “And, by postponing elective surgery and moving patients that do need simpler procedures to a surgical outpatient center, we can treat critical patients at the hospital.”
Dr. Faunce said this strategy also has the added benefit of enabling many virus-free patients to avoid the crowded hospital setting where people with the coronavirus are being treated, thus keeping healthy people healthy.
He did stress, however, that patients in critical need of surgery would still be treated. “We will continue to provide services to those who need surgical treatment, especially patients in danger of losing functionality, suffering from weakness or imbalance issues, in severe pain and those involved in accidents,” he emphasized. Pain injections will be available on a needs basis.
Instructions on how to access the practice’s telemedicine system will be posted on the practice’s website as well as detailed information on the medical problems the practice will treat during the pandemic.