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COVID-19 Patient / Visitor Update - January 4, 2022
In an effort to protect our patients, staff and visitors during the COVID pandemic
Please, Call the office before your scheduled appointment if any of the following apply to you
- • Tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 2 weeks
- • Had exposure to someone with Covid-19 within the last 2 weeks
- • Have cold or flu-like symptoms
Important messages about how we are working to keep you safe during the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives, many patients, their families and own staff are worried and eager to be back to normal. Through it all, our primary goal is to continue to care for you, even with the challenges that all healthcare organizations are experiencing.
01/04/22 - Due to the recent rise in positive Covid-19 cases, we started restricting visits to patients only at appointments and ultrasounds. No additional visitors are allowed (until 02/01/22), with the exception of newborns if child care is not available.
UPDATE: Beginning on 02/01/22, each patient may bring up to 1 guest with them to their appointment.
We want to assure you that, despite experiencing staffing shortages due to illness and other challenges, ECOBGYN doctors and providers are here for you. We graciously request your patience if you experience longer wait times when visiting or calling our practices. Here are some tips and information to help improve your experience.
Reaching Your Doctor or Provider
Send a Portal Message
This is the fastest and easiest way to reach your doctor or provider for routine questions, to follow up on labs or to leave a message. Please note: The portal (email) system should not be used for urgent medical needs. Portal messages sent after 5 p.m. on Friday will not be read or responded to until Monday during business hours.
If you need to call the practice, please be patient as you may experience longer than usual wait times. To help prevent longer wait times on the phone, our practice is currently installing a new phone program called Call Queue. This is an automated system that gives patients who call to speak with a call nurse which includes the option of hanging up, staying in the queue, and getting a call back when a nurse is available. The program will reduce long waiting periods on hold and time-frame for call backs. Once this new feature is fully operational, we will provide the information on our website.
ECOBGYN has providers on-call for urgent needs only. If you have an urgent medical need, the on-call provider may be able to help you with how to best receive care.
How We Are Keeping You Safe During the Flu Season and COVID-19 Pandemic
All ECOBGYN offices follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for all COVID-19 and Flu practices including masking and other infection control, testing, isolation, quarantine, and vaccination.
Telemedicine Visit Option
At Essex County OB/GYN our patients have the ability to speak with thier provider, without having to leave home. When you need care, your ECOBGYN team may determine that a telemedicine (video or phone) visit is the safest and most appropriate method based on your medical history and current health issue.
The first priority at Essex County OB/GYN is to keep our patients safe. While inside the practice, all patients and staff must wear a clean surgical mask that we will provide you. The mask must cover from the top of your nose to underneath your chin. You must wear the mask throughout your entire visit, even if you have been vaccinated. While this may differ from what you have experienced in other settings, if you refuse to wear a mask you may not be able to complete an in-person visit.
In addition, all of our staff are fully Covid vaccinated and we recommend vaccination and boosters for all patients. Our practice is currently providing a Covid-19 vaccine clinic one day per week to our pregnant and post-partum patients. If you are not vaccinated, the most important thing you can do is get vaccinated. If you are eligible to receive a booster and have not, you should do this as soon as possible. For more information and to make an appointment, please call our office at (978) 927-4800 to speak to a scheduler.
Patients can also obtain Covid-19 vaccines anywhere in the US by searching vaccines.gov. You can also text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233. Patients in Massachusetts can search on vaxfinder.mass.gov.
Thank you again for trusting ECOBGYN to care for you. We are dedicated to doing everything possible to make sure you can rely on us for the high-quality care and excellent patient experience that you have come to know. We wish you the best of health.
If You Arrive Late
In our efforts to make your visit more comfortable and to minimize your wait time, our office has implemented a late arrival policy. If a patient is more than 15 minutes late for an appointment, the appointment may need to be rescheduled. This is to ensure that the patients who arrive on time do not wait longer than necessary. Patients arriving late may be given the option to wait for another appointment time on the same day only if one is available. We will do our best to accommodate late‐comers, but are committed to providing timely care to our other patients.
Covid Vaccination Update.
We currently have a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines available for our Patients (December 2021). Please call our office 978-927-4800 for more information.
Essex County OB/GYN follows evidence-based practices in the care of our pregnant patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Nurse Midwives, and multiple national leading organizations representing experts in maternal care and public health professionals have all recommended Covid-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating women. Essex County OB/GYN Associates supports this recommendation.
Pregnant individuals are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection, including death. With cases rising as a result of the Delta variant, the best way for pregnant individuals to protect themselves against the potential harm from COVID-19 infection is to be vaccinated. Many employers are now mandating vaccination for employees. The current data are sufficient to support vaccine safety in pregnant and lactating individuals.
If you have further questions please ask your health care provider. Additional information regarding vaccine administration and safety can be accessed at the ACOG and CDC websites below.
Click to go to American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology's Website
Click to go to the CDC Center For Disease Control's Website
Essex County OB/GYN will not provide letters stating that pregnancy is a medical reason for vaccine exemption as that statement is contrary to current medical evidence.
COVID-19 Vaccine While Pregnant or Lactating.
Please click here to watch a short (4 minute) video from Dr. Ai-Ris Y. Collier, a maternal fetal medicine specialists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center regarding the use of the COVID vaccine for pregnant and lactating women. Additional up-to-date information is available from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Please click here to go to the ACOG website.
COVID-19 Information Related to Womens Health.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) provide answers to all your questions about COVID-19 with up-to-date information about COVID-19 Vaccines. Click here to go to ACOG website
How Do We Know the COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe and Effective?Click here to read the article
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2021
Updated Patient Information in My Lahey Chart
At ECOBGYN, we believe in information transparency and that you deserve to see your information as soon as it is available. Therefore, we release ALL results immediately to you on the My Lahey Chart portal. Therefore, you may see some results even before your clinician does. Please give us 48 hours on weekdays to review your results and let you know our thoughts. A clinician looks at every result and will contact you if there is a result that is concerning. Normal or negative results will be reviewed at your next visit. If you have concerns about a result and have not heard from the office, you can send a message to the office through the portal or contact our office by phone.
Laboratory Results (blood, urine, cultures):
There may be some results with a red exclamation mark (!), or “abnormal” near them. Often these “abnormal” results do not affect your health (for example MCHC or MCV).
Maternal Genetic Testing:
If you have chosen to have genetic testing in pregnancy, these results will be immediately released. If your results show you are a carrier of a genetic disease, or that your fetus may have a chromosome disorder, additional testing will be offered, and our office will contact you to schedule follow up evaluation.
Pathology and Pap Smear Results:
Pap Smear and HPV tests will be immediately released. The HPV test results return within 72 hours of your visit, and the Pap Smear in 10-14 days. The combination of these two results along with your history will determine any next steps or the frequency of future Pap Smears and HPV Tests (called co-testing). You will be contacted by phone, portal, or letter for any result requiring additional follow up or testing.
Imaging Results (ultrasound, CT scan, MRI):
All imaging results will also be immediately released. These reports can contain words that are hard to understand, show unexpected results, and can be confusing. A clinician always plans to review these results with you and decide on a plan. When possible, your clinician will discuss the possible result with you BEFORE getting the test, and next steps that would be taken with each result.
We are honored that you trust us to be your healthcare partner. We look forward to working together to keep you as healthy as possible.
To access your chart, please click My Chart
Liberty Tree Office - Closed
As of July 1st, 2019 we no longer see patients at our 140 Commonwealth Ave, Danvers location (Next to the Liberty Tree Mall). Patients normally seen at the Commonwealth Ave, Danvers office, will be seen in other offices, including, Lahey Outpatient Center on Maple Street in Danvers, in one of our two offices on the Beverly Hospital Campus at 83 Herrick Street in Beverly or at our Gloucester location. If you have any questions, please call. 978-927-4800.
Resources for Parents & Teens
Parents - you may be a bigger influence on your teen than you think. One of the most important things you can do as a parent is build trust and talk with your kids about sex and sexuality. Below please find useful resources to help you approach the subject effectively with your teens.
Resources for Parents
Below are many resources to help you talk to your teens about sex and answers when you need them.
Resources for Teens
Information and resources to help young people find the information they need and make the most informed decisions.