Now Scheduling Telehealth Visits - Call 505-999-1600 Opt 1

Telehealth refers to the treatment of medical conditions without seeing the patient in person. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, our providers may use telehealth platforms like Zoom to perform live video and audio visits remotely. Zoom is a relatively simple platform to use and is HIPAA compliant, Zoom does not have access to any identifiable health information, and encrypts all audio, video, and screen sharing data.

Southwest Gastroenterology is currently using Zoom to perform telehealth visits. If you would like to schedule a Zoom appointment, please call our scheduling line (505) 999-1600 opt 1


Zoom System requirements

  1. An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  2. Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  3. A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in


SWGA Coronavirus Upate

We at Southwest Gastroenterology have always kept patient safety our number one priority. In these challenging times, difficult decisions have to be made based on circumstances and expert recommendations. Thus, we regret to inform you that we are temporarily closing our building for in-person visits. Our practice is not closed, and we will remain available by phone and on-call for urgent and emergency care. We will assess the situation daily, and make changes as needed. We are working hard to initiate Telemedicine with Zoom.


Now that COVID-19 is here in the United States and New Mexico, we need to move beyond containment to mitigation. The greatest risk is thought to be to those with underlying lung disease and significant comorbid conditions.


However, we do want to address our patient community, particularly those on immune suppression medications that we prescribe. This includes (but may not be limited to) those on: Stelara, Entyvio, Remicade, Cimzia, Humira, Simponi, Xeljanz, Azathioprine, 6MP, Methotrexate, Tacrolimus, Sirolimus, Cyclosporine, and Prednisone.


Please:

  1. Continue your medications.
  2. Wash hands frequently
  3. Avoid touching your face
  4. Practice social distancing, which includes stop shaking hands, avoid large crowds, and halt non-essential travel.
  5. Do not go to work sick, and expect the same of your coworkers


We do not know if there is a differential risk of different drugs. There is the greatest risk with steroids, likely. So, be diligent with the above precautions.


We know you may have questions. We may not have the answers. Please ask, but also, please know that the answer may be, “we just don’t know yet.” We are here with you, every step of the way.


Thanks for your understanding. Please call our main number at 505-999-1600 for assistance.