Frequently Asked Questions
Redesigning care, with your safety top of mind.Hospitals and medical offices are now permitted to see patients for all types of care, including elective surgery. We have been working hard to ensure that the hospital and physicians' practices are ready for you. Please call your provider or login to MyChart to schedule an in-person or telehealth video visit today!
Keeping You SafeHospitals and medical offices are now permitted to see patients for all types of care, including elective surgery. We have been working hard to ensure that the hospital and physicians' practices are ready for you. We have redesigned the way we provide care with your safety in mind.
We will continue to offer telehealth video visits for anyone who prefers that option. However, we want to reassure you that we are taking the necessary steps to protect your safety when you need to come to the hospital, a primary care office, or one of our specialty practices.
Some of the measures GBMC Health Partners is taking to protect patients include:
- GBMC Health Partners is seeing patients in person and via telehealth video visits. Using video visits allows you to talk with your doctor without leaving home. This reduces the number of patients coming through the office and decreases the potential for inadvertent exposure of patients and staff to COVID-19. Thus, in-person visits can be done safely for those who need them. We encourage you to utilize MyChart for your telehealth needs, and you can also call your doctor if you need help. We are ready to assist you.
- Extensive cleaning of all work spaces and patient areas is performed between encounters and throughout the day.
- Temperature screening stations are in place at hospital entrances and in our practices. All patients, providers, and staff members have their temperature checked upon arrival and must wear masks (along with other appropriate personal protective equipment "PPE" if necessary).
- All patients are asked COVID-19 screening questions when they make their appointment and again when they arrive. Patients are given specific appointment times to limit the number of people in the offices at one time, and are kept in private exam rooms during their visits.
- To allow for safe distancing, our office hours may be adjusted during this time, and offices themselves have been rearranged. In certain locations, there may be physical barriers in place, and in some cases, family members may be asked to wait in their vehicles. A family member or friend may accompany a patient if it is medically necessary for the patient, or if the patient is a minor.
- All surgical patients are tested for COVID-19 pre-operatively.
- COVID-19 positive patients and patients under investigation (PUIs) who require hospital admission are sequestered in the hospital. Outpatients who are COVID-19 positive or PUIs are encouraged to utilize telehealth video visits to determine whether in-person care is needed.
Precancer and cancer of the cervix often have no symptoms; however, some of the warning signs include:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Spotting or discharge
- Bleeding after intercourse
- Signs of advanced cancer include pain, problems urinating, and swollen legs
Precancers can be removed with a LEEP biopsy (loop electrosurgical excision procedure), which uses an electrified loop of wire to remove cells, cryotherapy (which freezes the cells), laser therapy (which vaporizes the cells), or a cone biopsy (in which a cone shaped wedge is removed from the cervix). Cervical cancer may also require a radical hysterectomy and radiation with or without chemotherapy.
What is ovarian cancer?
There are three types of ovarian cancer:
- Epithelial is the most common form of ovarian cancer; these cancers derive from cells that cover the surface of the ovaries
- Germ cell tumors form on the cells in the ovary that develop into eggs
- Sex cord-stromal tumors occur in the connective tissue inside the ovary
Surgery is used to remove the cancer, often followed by chemotherapy or radiation. Ovarian cancer is highly treatable when caught in its early stages.
What is uterine cancer?
There are two types of uterine cancer:
- Endometrial, the more common form of uterine cancer, occurs when the lining of the uterus becomes too thick
- Sarcomas tumors form from muscle or other tissue. These are more aggressive than endometrial cancer and have different clinical characteristics and management
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Spotting or discharge
- Heavy menstruation
- Postmenopausal bleeding, spotting or discharge