We have taken many steps to safeguard the health of our patients, visitors and caregivers throughout our UF Health Physicians primary care and specialty practices in Gainesville.
For patients and visitors, the following precautions are in place:
- Our physician practices are thoroughly cleaned every day before any patients arrive.
- Tissues, alcohol-based hand sanitizer and trashcans are available upon entry and in all waiting rooms.
- Exam rooms and offices are thoroughly cleaned after patient visits, including all key surfaces.
- We have reduced the number of forms and other items with which patients come into contact.
- Chairs are placed 6 feet apart, whenever possible, to facilitate physical distancing.
- Tape and signs on the floor in waiting areas to help promote physical distancing.
- We are limiting the number of patient appointments, in order to allow for appropriate physical distances in clinical spaces.
- Our health care providers are wearing masks in all clinical spaces.
- Frequent hand washing is required, including at the beginning and at the end of your visit.
Additional safety measures being taken to help protect our patients and visitors include:
- All patients and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering in all areas. Masks with exhalation valves are not permitted in UF Health facilities.
- Requesting that patients do not arrive sooner than necessary before the start of their appointment. This will help us reduce the number of people in waiting rooms and public areas.
- Asking patients to attend your appointment alone, whenever possible, or limiting to only one family member or other accompanying person.
- Asking patients to notify their practice before an appointment if cough, fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or muscle aches and chills are present.
Guests Accompanying Patients
Whenever possible, patients should come to appointments alone to support social distancing and decrease the number of people in our spaces. When others must accompany the patient to a visit, typically only one additional person is necessary (for example, parents of a child or support individuals for a vulnerable individual), and may not be able to accompany the patient all the way to exam spaces where distancing is not possible.
All patients and their accompanying guest are expected to wear a face covering while in our clinical areas.
For more information, please contact your health care provider prior to your appointment.