Your safety and health are Piedmont Cancer Institute’s priority. With COVID-19 in our community, we are taking steps to limit the spread of this and other serious respiratory viruses.
All patients with fever (temperature greater than 100°) and respiratory symptoms such as cough and/or shortness of breath are asked to call and report their symptoms to their physician’s nurse prior to their appointment. Because of the large volume of immunocompromised patients treated in our offices, patients with fever plus respiratory symptoms may be referred elsewhere for evaluation and treatment. Caregivers and visitors with fever and respiratory symptoms are asked to avoid coming to our offices until they have been without fever for 72 hours without the aid of fever lowering medications and to follow all CDC guidelines regarding home isolation and self-quarantine.
Unless you have an immediate concern or you are currently receiving treatment for your cancer or hematology condition, we request that all appointments of a routine nature be rescheduled to a Telehealth appointment or a later date. Please call your local Piedmont Cancer Institute location so we can accommodate your request.
If you are keeping your appointment, we ask that you come by yourself if at all possible. If you require assistance, please bring only one direct caregiver. A maximum of one person may accompany you to the exam room and NO visitors are allowed in the Infusion Suite. Visitors of those in the Infusion Suite will be required to wait somewhere besides PCI reception areas. Unfortunately, waiting areas are limited and you may need to wait in your car. All patients and visitors will be required to go through a wellness screening including temperature check before entering the assessment and treatment areas of the office.
To protect yourself from COVID-19 and other serious respiratory viruses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home as much as possible and put distance (a minimum of 6 feet) between yourself and other people.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid shaking hands and hugging.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
We’ve received questions regarding what would happen if there were a mandate for home isolation for all non-essential professional individuals and lay people. Piedmont Cancer Institute will comply with all local and national mandates. Appointments and treatments will be rescheduled accordingly. Patients will be notified via the appointment reminder system currently in place and information will be available on the Piedmont Cancer Institute website - www.piedmontcancerinstitute.com
Our goal is to provide excellent care and treat patients with compassion and concern. We realize that you may have additional questions and we are here for you.