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Letter to OB Clinic Patients

March 21, 2020

To Our Patients,

Due to the spread of the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 in our communities, we will conduct as many of our clinic visits as possible with 'telemedicine' visits to minimize risks of exposure to the virus. This means that a nurse and a doctor will call you on the day of your designated appointment to review your obstetric and gynecologic care instead of coming to the clinic.

You will NOT come to your clinic appointment at the hospital unless you are specifically instructed to do so.

To help us care for you from home, we recommend that you obtain the following, if possible:

  • a home blood pressure cuff
  • a thermometer
  • scale
  • Tylenol

These are available at local pharmacies, retail stores or online, or borrow from a family member or friend. Please always keep your phone and a phone charger with you.

Please contact us as soon as possible to verify your phone number and personal information, including your emergency contact number. We need to know if you have internet access, as well as your preferred communication apps such as Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp, etc. We strongly recommend signing up for MyChart, if you have not already done so. Learn More>

As always, you should monitor your pregnancy for labor contractions, breaking your water, vaginal bleeding, or decreased fetal movement. If at any time you experience these symptoms, you should call your Clinic during business hours, or labor and delivery on nights and weekends to speak to a nurse or physician.

Additionally, if you experience very elevated blood pressures, severe headache, changes in your vision, severe abdominal pain, new upper abdominal pain, or shortness of breath, fever above 100.4, you should call the clinic or our Labor & Delivery Department. Please call 9-1-1 immediately if you have these symptoms and we cannot be reached. 

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will do our best to keep in contact and keep you informed.

We strongly advise socially distancing as per CDC recommendations, washing your hands frequently and not touching your face. Atlantic Health System has posted a helpful Q&A on pregnancy and COVID-19>

Please call us with questions or concerns at:

  • Morristown Medical Center (MMC) Simon 2 Clinic 973-971-5233 during business hours 8:00am - 4:00pm, or our Labor & Delivery Department at 973-971-5025 and ask to speak to a physician after hours or weekends.
  • Overlook Medical Center (OMC) Healthstart Clinic 908-522-5730 or your Labor & Delivery 908-522-2333.
  • Atlantic Health System Nurse Screening Hotline: 862-260-3199

Call 9-1-1 if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.

The New Jersey Department of Health 24/7 Hotline 1-800-222-1222 can provide additional information about COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Atlantic Health System
Obstetrics and Gynecology Ambulatory Clinics