ONS Practice Response to COVID-19 Crisis: Safety and Emergency Care a Top Priority
Urgent orthopedic treatment is safe option for patients with sudden, acute musculoskeletal injuries.
In response to the alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in our area, Greenwich-based Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS), leading providers of orthopedic and spine care in the region, has designated all in-office appointments for patients who are truly in need of emergency orthopedic diagnosis and treatment. In the beginning of March, ONS implemented enhanced safety measures including the temporary suspension of non-essential physician visits and elective surgeries, and the launch of a telemedicine service for patients who do not require an in-person visit.
Until the COVID-19 crisis abates, all patients with a sudden, acute injury must make an appointment to be treated at the ONS Greenwich office at 6 Greenwich Office Park, on Monday – Saturday, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, to comply with social distancing guidelines. As an added safety precaution, all patients and individuals accompanying them to an appointment will be temperature screened upon arrival.
“Ensuring the safety of patients is of paramount importance,” said James Cunningham, MD. “Prioritizing patients in need of emergency orthopedic treatment is one of the ways we are doing that. Our use of telemedicine for non-essential visits further reduces patients’ risk of exposure to the coronavirus while providing a continuity of care from a safe distance.”
ONS TeleHealth videoconferencing appointments to discuss such matters as X-ray and MRI test results, progress of a treatment plan, and other consultations, provides patients with remote access to a virtual face-to-face visit with an ONS physician from the safety and comfort of home. It also allows the physician to determine if a patient needs to schedule an immediate in-office visit for casting or diagnostic imaging tests. These services can be scheduled at the Greenwich office.
ONS Physical Therapy is still available for individuals requiring essential therapeutic physical rehabilitation at the Greenwich location and at the Stamford office, at 5 High Ridge Park, 3rd floor, on Monday – Friday from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
In the current environment, Dr. Cunningham said that ONS is taking every possible precaution to protect the health and well-being of patients, staff and the wider community. For that reason, patients in need of emergency ortho care who have cold or flu-like symptoms, have travelled within 14 days, or are under a directed quarantine or who have a household member under quarantine, must seek treatment at a hospital ER. Patients should speak to an ONS representative at 203-869-1145 to learn which appointment is appropriate for their condition or visit onsmd.com to learn more about the temporary changes in policy, hours, locations and the new telemedicine service.
ONS is an advanced multi-specialty orthopedic and neurosurgery practice that has served patients throughout the New York Metropolitan area for more than 20 years. The 26 ONS fellowship-trained physicians provide expertise in the full spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. ONS provides onsite digital imaging and state-of-the art physical therapy and MRI. ONS operates an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) in Stamford, CT. www.onsmd.com.
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