Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Elective Surgery Status
At Fondren Orthopedic Group, we understand that this is a very difficult time for all of us and we value the safety of everyone in our community. We do not take this recent surge in COVID-19 cases lightly and we are committed to playing our role to minimize the spread of the virus to our patients, staff, and the community.
On June 25, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-27 to ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients as Texas faces an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Included in this order is the suspension of elective surgeries in Harris County that would deplete hospital capacity needed to cope with COVID-19. Based on the latest guidelines from Texas Medical Board, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Fondren Orthopedic Group surgeons will evaluate each procedure for medical necessity and its effect on hospital capacity.
In many cases, such as outpatient surgeries, the procedures can continue on a modified schedule. This will be determined in part by your physician, and is based on multiple factors including the type of surgery and your medical history. If you have a case scheduled for surgery, please contact your physician’s office to discuss the status of your case.
Our clinic remains open for orthopedic care. Screening precautions, social distancing guidelines, visitor restrictions, and universal masking policies remain in place to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
For those patients undergoing surgery at Texas Orthopedic Hospital, visitor restrictions are in place and will be updated based on the latest recommendations. Universal masking guidelines are also in place. You may bring your own mask, or one will be provided for you upon arrival. Click here for more information.
COVID-19 Update & Appointment Guide
Fondren Orthopedic Group is actively monitoring local and national events related to coronavirus. We have been and will continue to collaborate with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Medical Board, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have safeguards in place to protect our patients, employees, and community members, and to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Fondren Orthopedic Group facilities will remain Open
At this point, we are keeping all our clinic facilities open, including our main location at Texas Orthopedic Hospital and satellite locations . We understand the importance of maintaining continuity of care for our patients. We are committed to continuing our communication with you as this situation evolves. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work with the most current information available to make decisions about the health and safety of the Fondren family and patients.
Guidelines and Measures for New and Returning Patients
Prior to scheduling and arriving at your appointment, you will be asked certain screening questions regarding your health and recent travel.
Patients aged 18 or over will be asked to arrive for clinic visits alone, unless you require special accommodations. In this case only one visitor will be allowed to accompany you. Patients needing special accommodations should notify the doctor’s office in advance. An armband will be provided to essential visitors during screening to wear during their visit.
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, but this will be limited to 1 parent or guardian.
We have also spaced out seating in lobbies and waiting areas in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.
What If You May Have Symptoms
If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath OR are in direct contact with anyone who is demonstrating these symptoms, do NOT report to Fondren, and instead please call your Primary Care Provider (PCP). If you do not have a PCP, then you can call an urgent care. It is recommended that you always call ahead prior to visiting.
If you are feeling sick, are in contact with someone who may be sick, please reschedule your Fondren appointment for a minimum of 14 days out at 713-799-2300.
If you have urgent healthcare concerns, please go to your local Emergency Room or Urgent care. Again, it is recommended that you always call ahead prior to visiting.
Additional Precautions We Are Taking
We have strong protocols in place and are following all guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure a safe environment, including:
- Every patient, visitor, vendor, employee and physician is screened before entering
- Points of entry to our facilities have been limited
- Visitor restrictions have been instituted in patient care areas ( Click here for Texas Orthopedic Hospital’s current visitor restrictions)
- We have done, and continue to do, deep cleaning throughout all of our care sites.
For more information or what to do if you are sick, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 Hub