To help minimize risk of asymptomatic spread of corona-virus (COVID-19) before your procedure we ask that you:
- Continue to shelter in place to protect yourself from others in the community.
- Follow physical distancing and hand washing guidelines. This applies to the person who will be bringing you to and from surgery as well.
- Avoid contact with others or leaving the home as much as possible prior to surgery.
- Check for the symptoms daily prior to surgery and notify us if you have any of the following:
- Fever ≥ 38.0 C (100.5 F) last 24 hours
- New respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, respiratory distress, sore throat)
- A registered nurse will call you prior to your surgical procedure to conduct a pre-clinical assessment that will include pre-screening for COVID-19 symptoms.
Your surgery is currently scheduled to proceed on the planned date and time We would appreciate your understanding if things change, and in return we promise to keep you informed with up to date information with what is happening here at PBGS, as well as keeping your best interests at the forefront.
Understand what to expect the day of surgery
Under the authority of City and County of New York Department of Public Health Order, we have some Strict Guidelines in place that you will see immediately upon arriving at our Abortion Clinic in Brooklyn.
Please have your designated person drop you off at the main entrance.
- We can have someone meet you at curbside to assist you if require additional help getting into our building.
- Upon entering our facility you will be health screened by one of our kind nurses/MA in the lobby.
- As an extra layer of protection, you will notice our entire staff will be wearing surgical masks. You will be asked to wear a mask during the entire stay for your safety and to minimize any risks.
- You will then be escorted to the waiting area to be checked in and sign appropriate paperwork.
- Please be sure to include the contact information of you designed point person/escort.
- As soon as the surgical team is ready for you, they will come down to escort you up to our pre-op area.
- Our surgical staff will keep your designated point person informed of your progress.
- After you have recovered in our post anesthesia care unit (PACU), you will be required to contact your escort to pick you up and/or meet you in the lobby.
Please know we genuinely care about you, and will do everything we can to provide you with the safest and best possible care experience.
National Abortion Federation (NAF) Statement on Abortion Provision During COVID-19 Pandemic
As states and municipalities enact measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, more non-essential businesses will be instructed—or required—to close. At the same time, hospitals are preparing for a surge in COVID-19 cases and increased strain on their staff, resources, and systems, and will likely begin indefinitely postponing non-essential or elective procedures. During this public health crisis, pregnancy care, including abortion care, remains an essential health service. The National Abortion Federation (NAF) calls on leaders to ensure that outpatient abortion clinics can remain open and urges hospitals to continue to provide abortion care.
Abortion care is a time-sensitive service that cannot be significantly deferred without profound consequences for women and their families. Abortion is provided for almost one in five pregnancies in the United States, as part of the continuum of pregnancy care. It is an essential health service. An individual and family decide to end a pregnancy for a complex constellation of reasons that include the impact of pregnancy and birth on their health, ability to work, and strained economic circumstances. These are conditions that do not go away—and are likely heightened—in pandemic conditions. Denying or deferring abortion care places an immediate burden on patients, their families, and the health system, and can have profound and lasting consequences. Patients presenting for time-sensitive care, including abortion care, need timely access to treatment, even during this pandemic.
As we navigate COVID-19, it is critical that leaders treat outpatient abortion providers as essential businesses, and that hospital systems ensure the continuation of abortion care as an essential service.
The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers. Our members include individuals, private and non-profit clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, women’s health centers, physicians’ offices, and hospitals who together care for approximately half the women who choose abortion in the U.S. and Canada each year. Our members also include public hospitals and both public and private clinics in Mexico City and private clinics in Colombia. NAF unites, represents, serves, and supports abortion providers in delivering patient-centered, evidence-based care.
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