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Patient Safety Remains Our No. 1 Priority

Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) is taking all of the proper precautions to ensure our patients feel safe and comfortable during their appointments.
 

We are:

  • Sanitizing and cleaning exam rooms and patient areas before your appointments.
  • Following all Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to safely care for our patients.
  • Performing temperature checks on all staff and patients as they arrive at the offices.
  • Requiring all staff and patients to wear masks at all times within the offices to further reduce the risk of exposure to germs.
  • Additionally, our Dental Offices are following strict American Dental Association (ADA) and CDC guidelines while caring for our dental patients.
 
AAPHC remains here to care for our patients all across Southwest Georgia. You can trust that your health and safety remains our No. 1 priority.  
 
To learn more, please CLICK HERE to watch a short video on our safety precautions. 
 

Patients Must Now Wear A Mask For Their Appointments  

Patients arriving for appointments at their Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) doctor's office will be required to have a mask on before entering the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to wear at all times while inside the office. Masks should be worn appropriately so that it fully covers your mouth and nose. This new COVID-19 protocol is now in effect across all AAPHC offices in order to fully protect our providers, staff and patients.

For an easy, no sew mask tutorial, please CLICK HERE.

The #MASKUPALBANY campaign is also distributing FREE masks to community members. Visit Dougherty County Georgia Government for full details and distribution locations. 

Wear a mask and ensure you are protecting your family, friends and neighbors from COVID-19!

 

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Now Available 

AAPHC now offers COVID-19 Antibody Testing at all of our primary care offices across Southwest Georgia. This new COVID-19 Antibody Test is available to both new and established patients. Results are often back within three to seven days.
  • For current AAPHC patients, please contact your Provider's office to schedule your appointment for Antibody Testing. You can find your Provider's office information at www.AAPHC.org.
  • For community members new to AAPHC, please call our Northwest Albany location at 229-405-6196 to schedule an appointment. Or click on the following link to find an office near you: https://aaphc.org/services/adult-medicine/see-our-locations
Please note that the COVID-19 Antibody Testing is for patients that are 18 years or older. Pediatric patients do not qualify for the Antibody Testing. Additionally, please note that the COVID-19 Antibody Test will only confirm exposure and will not confirm immunity in a patient.  For additional questions or concerns, please contact our AAPHC team and we will be happy to provide answers on the COVID-19 Antibody Testing.
 
 

AAPHC Launches Telemedicine Visits for Patients  

Need to see a provider but want to skip a trip to the doctor's office? Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) is proud to now offer Telemedicine Visits with our AAPHC providers. Just call an AAPHC office and ask to schedule a Telemedicine or "Virtual Visit" with a health care provider! Telemedicine appointments allow you to "see" your provider right from your smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer.

The best part? You can see a Doctor or Advanced Provider from the comfort of your own home. (Even right from your couch!) To find an AAPHC office, please visit our web site here: www.AAPHC.org.  Ask about our Telemedicine appointments today!
 
  

Critical Updates for Our Patients and Community Members:

  •  If you have symptoms of a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please contact your Provider's office immediately.
  •  If you have these symptoms and have a Dental, OB/GYN, Podiatry, Vision Care or Behavioral Health appointment, please cancel this appointment and go immediately to your PCP office. 
  •  If you call your PCP office with these symptoms, you may be routed to our Northwest Family Medical and Dental office for an appointment.
  •  Effective immediately, we have staff members taking each patient's temperature as they arrive at the office.

 

AAPHC Launches "No Visitor" Policy To Reduce Risk of Exposure

  • Effective March 19, we are launching a "No Visitors" policy within our offices to reduce risk of possible exposure to our staff and patients in the office. If you have a guest, they will have to remain in their car. There are some exceptions to this policy, including if the patient is under 18, needs assistance during the appointment, cannot be left alone or needs assistance communicating. Please speak with the staff at the office if you have questions. 
  • We are also at this time suspending visits from all pharmaceutical representatives until further notice.  There are no exceptions to this COVID-19 policy. 
 
The providers and staff at Albany Area Primary Health Care are working diligently to continue to care for patients during this unprecedented health emergency.  We appreciate you following all new COVID-19 protocols to better support our providers and care teams.   
 
    

What To Know Before Your Next Appointment:

For All Upcoming Primary Care Appointments:

  •  If you have the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Cough
  • Or, if you have recently:
    • Been exposed to a known Coronavirus patient
    • Traveled recently, including within the United States

Please notify our team while scheduling the appointment and upon check-in at the office.
  

For all Upcoming Dental, Podiatry, OB/GYN, Pediatrics and Behavioral Health Appointments:

  • If you have the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Cough
  • Or, if you have recently:
    • Been exposed to a known Coronavirus patient
    • Traveled recently, including within the United States 

 Please do not proceed with your appointment.  Immediately contact your Primary Care Provider and notify the check-in team of your symptoms.

 

For All Additional Questions:

Please contact your doctor's office and our team will be able to assist you!

 

Updated 5-29-2020