Telehealth Appointments Added to Social/Medical Distancing Recommendations

Social Distancing & Medical Distancing for COVID-19 Outbreak

Telehealth appointments or “Video Visits” are now available to help you continue practicing social/medical distancing recommendations. Video Visits are much like regular in-office doctor appointments except that you are able to receive medical attention and treatment remotely. Telehealth will allow video visits using your smartphone or tablet, or your home computer if it has a camera facing you and internet access. You will be given this option when you call for an appointment, so that you can consult with your provider. To access our telehealth services, you just need to have a computer, mobile, or tablet with a camera and internet connection. Learn more about our telehealth services.

Depending on your condition, an in-person visit may be needed. Our offices and doctors are here for you, so we recommend calling ahead to learn whether a video visit or an in-person visit is best for you. If an in-person office appointment is deemed necessary, you may be comforted to know that we practice social/medical distancing in the office as well.

As many have learned, social distancing in the time of the coronavirus is important to minimize your risk of getting exposed, or exposing others if you're sick:

  • Avoid gatherings of nearly any size - health department and state announcements will continue to provide updated details, but as of 4/22/2020, California will still remain in Governor Newsom’s 8-week statewide stay at home order.
  • Keep 6 feet of distance from others
  • Work from home – employers are required to close business sites where people gather
  • Leave the home only to buy food, to go to work if a state defined critical service, to buy medicines, or for non-routine medical appointments
  • Cough or sneeze into the shoulder not hands
  • Wash hands with soapy water or rub together with hand sanitizer gel/alcohol (friction is important, so rub even with alcohol) for 20 seconds – singing Happy Birthday twice -- especially on returning home.

If you have questions, please call us, or if you’re a Primary Care patient and enrolled in NextMD, please securely email us any non-urgent questions.

Also Read: COVID-19: Prevention Tips for Orange County Patients & Residents

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Peter Kim, MD

Dr. Kim,  is the Medical Director of Family Care Centers, Former Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Hoag Hospital, and a recipient of the Physicians of Excellence award from the Orange County Medical Association. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, and has been practicing in our community for over 20 years. He is an excellent, caring, and well­qualified physician who is dedicated to providing you with superior health care. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from UCLA and received his medical training at the LAC­USC Medical Center. After completing his residency in Family Medicine, he accepted a sports medicine fellowship at San Jose Medical Center, an affiliate of Stanford University. He enjoys working with patients and families who are training or want to get back into an active lifestyle. Review Dr. Kim on: Facebook Google+ Yelp WebMD

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