A: PH patients should continue regular care regimens recommended by their PH health care teams. Routine PH clinic or non-emergency doctor’s visits can be conducted through telemedicine (telephone, videoconferencing, etc.) appointments.
It is important to continue to manage and control your PH. Certain in-clinic treatments and monitoring may be necessary. Patients with newly diagnosed or worsening symptoms might benefit from in-person PH clinic visits. Ask your PH health care team when to opt for an in-person clinic visit or a telemedicine visit.
If you go to a hospital or care facility outside of where your PH health care team is located, have the health care providers reach out to your PH health care team for guidance and recommendations. Bring all your PH medicines and supplies with you.
For additional guidance on telemedicine, see the “PHA Connects: Preparing for a Telemedicine Appointment” video. Download the worksheet.
Tips for transitioning back to in-person doctor’ visits with your PH team:
Before your appointment
- If the clinic offers an online patient portal, now is the time to sign up. You may be able to pre-register, update your insurance plan and provide other information.
- Review the clinic’s procedure for outpatient appointments and requirements for anyone who may accompany you.
- Prepare a list of questions or concerns you want to discuss with your provider.
At the appointment
- Arrive early and wear a mask.
- As you enter the building, be prepared to have your temperature checked and answer COVID-19 screening questions.
- Adhere to physical distancing and other requirements.
Seeing the doctor or clinician
- Be sure to tell your provider if you’re having trouble hearing because of their mask.
- Provide updates about any health changes you’ve experienced.
- Discuss any concerns.
- Request medication refills if needed.
- Make a plan for future in-person or telehealth visits.