Key Corona Virus Information
For Our Patients:
New Hospital Visitor Guidelines
Due to the corona virus, Exeter Hospital has implemented new visitor regulations, which are effective immediately. Since Partners for Women’s Health is located within the hospital, these regulations will apply to our patients.
NO additional people may attend patient appointments, only the patient can attend.
This means that patients cannot bring their babies and children to their appointments as they normally do, because no one under the age of 18 is allowed in the hospital at this time.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this temporary regulation may cause, but all of these rulings are being implemented in an effort to curtail the spread of the virus, and preserve everyone’s health.
We thank you for your understanding.
Expectant mothers SHOULD keep their regular appointments unless they are experiencing corona virus symptoms, in which case they should call our office for instructions BEFORE coming in.
Thank you for your patience at this time.
For the most up to date information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) Please visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
CDC – Share Facts About COVID-19
CDC – View Videos on the Coronavirus Disease 2019
NH Division of Public Health Services – Coronavirus Disease 2019 Self-Quarantine Guide
NH Division of Public Health Services – Coronavirus Disease 2019 Self-Observation Guide
Sun Protection – Winter & Early Spring
While the sun’s rays are not as strong in late winter and early spring, they can still cause skin cancer. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, or even riding in a car, then you should still wear a sun protection cream on your face. The sun at this time of year, especially if magnified by snow, can still cause damage to your skin, and increase your risk of skin cancer. The sun coming through the windows of your vehicle can also harm your skin. Because we do need Vitamin D, and our exposure to the sun in winter tends to be less, getting some sun each day is a good idea. But if you are spending the day on the slopes, or are in the car for prolonged periods, then wear sunblock.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Partners for Women’s Health has been offering robotic surgery to patients that qualify, thanks to Exeter Hospital’s new da Vinci Xi surgical robot, and Dr. Evelyne Caron, one of Partners’ physicians, is trained on the robot. According to Dr. Caron, thanks to robotics, surgeries that in the past would have been more complex and would have taken longer, are now easier, safer and better for the patient. She notes that surgeries that traditionally would have been done with a large incision are now done laporoscopically with the help of robots. Robotic surgery is especially helpful with fibroids, hysterectomies, and endometriosis issues.
Dr. Caron explains that the surgery is not automated; the surgeons are operating the robot, which gives them a technological advantage, such as seeing things in 3D and in incredible detail.
With robotic surgery, patients have less risk of infection, less blood loss, faster recovery, and less use of pain medication. As Dr. Caron says, “It’s absolutely a new day for medicine.”
Warmer weather means a return to mosquitos, and potentially, the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitos. The Zika virus has been detected in all 50 states, due to the travel of infected persons. It can also be transmitted through sex. Thus, the virus is appearing in areas that are too cold to support the Zika mosquitoes themselves.
The Zika virus is of greatest concern to pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant. Zika is a more serious issue to this population as it can cause serious birth defects and even termination of pregnancy. Therefore, pregnant women or those trying to conceive are urged by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to avoid travel to these regions. You can visit www.cdc.gov for the latest updates on the Zika outbreak.
If travel to regions where Zika is present is unavoidable, the CDC urges women to first consult with their healthcare provider before making the trip, and to then take the strictest precautions for avoiding mosquito bites. More information on Zika is also available on the Updates page.
Consider a Menopause Specialist
Is it time to see a menopause specialist? All obstetric-gynecology physicians, including those at Partners for Women’s Health, are trained to provide complete healthcare for women at all stages of their lives, including menopause. However, many doctors are starting to specialize in the treatment of perimenopause and menopause so that they may better guide women through their middle years.
It may be helpful, especially if you are having difficulties with the transition, to see a menopause specialist during this time. At Partners for Women’s Health, Drs. DiNicola, Turer and Browne all have a particular interest in menopause issues. Dr. Deborah Browne also has an extensive menopause background. She is a certified Threshold Menopause Educator, specializing in menopause education and treatment. She is also a member of the National Vulvodynia Association and the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease, which helps women with chronic and acute vaginal pain and discomfort. If you are having trouble with perimenopause or menopause, it may be helpful to see a specialist.
The HPV Vaccine: Why It’s Important
If you are a young adult, or have a pre-teen or young adult in your family, then the HPV vaccine should be part of your immunization program. Simply stated, the HPV vaccine (Human papilloma virus) is a vaccine to prevent cancer. The HPV vaccine prevents infection from the strains of HPV that cause more than 70 percent of all cervical, anal and oropharyngeal cancers, precancerous cervical lesions and genital warts. It is available for boys and girls ages nine to 26. Most doctors recommend that children receive the vaccine around age 11 or 12. It is a three-shot series given over the course of six months. Your child must complete the three-shot series for maximum protection from cancer. If you have questions about the vaccine, talk with your physician. Partners for Women’s Health also has a doctor on staff who specializes in pediatric and adolescent girls. If you would like to see Dr. Caron, contact our office. To read more about Dr. Caron’s background, visit the Staff section of our website.
Get connected with Partners for Women’s Health through our Patient Portal
The Patient Portal is an online service that provides you with a fast, reliable, easy to use method of communicating with your physician’s office any time it’s convenient for you. With Patient Portal, you can connect with your doctor during office hours through a convenient, safe and secure method.
The Patient Portal allows you to do the following:
1) Request Appointments
Even receive appointment reminder emails!
2) Email Your Doctor’s Office
No more playing phone tag. Simply send a message!
(NEVER use email in an emergency or if you need immediate assistance.)
3) Manage Your Medications
View dosage information and request a prescription refill!
4) Care for Your Entire Family May Be Possible
If your family member is also a patient of Exeter Hospital Core Physicians, you may be able to combine accounts. You would then have one location for your entire family’s upcoming appointments, medications and more.
If you want to enroll in the Patient Portal, simply call or visit our office, or complete our online Patient Portal (NextMD) Enrollment Form. After validating your information, we will notify you of your temporary enrollment token number. You will also receive an email with instructions on how to use this token number to complete your patient portal enrollment.
What You Should Know About Zika
Zika is a virus that is spread by mosquito bites. It causes fever, rash, joint aches and conjunctivitis or “red eye.” It is currently occurring in Central America, northern South America (especially in Brazil), and in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In most people, Zika is not of great concern, with symptoms usually abating in a few days to a week. However, in pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant, Zika is a more serious issue.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that Zika is transmitted from the mother to the unborn child and can cause serious birth defects, including microcephaly, and termination of pregnancy. For this reason, pregnant women in any trimester are advised NOT to travel to any regions where Zika is being reported. The CDC also cautions that women trying to become pregnant, and their partners, should also avoid areas where Zika is present as the virus is believed to also be transferred during sexual intercourse.
If travel to regions where Zika is present is unavoidable, the CDC urges women to first consult with their healthcare provider before making the trip, and to then take the strictest precautions for avoiding mosquito bites.
If you are pregnant and have recently been to a region where a Zika outbreak has occurred or is now occurring, see your doctor even if you do not have symptoms. Your provider will then determine whether you or your unborn baby should undergo certain tests.
If you believe you had Zika at some point, but are now well, you should also see your doctor right away.
The CDC also emphasizes that Zika is spreading, so the areas where it may be found will be constantly changing. If you are pregnant and planning to travel (or are trying to become pregnant), visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/zika first to see if Zika has been detected in the areas you are planning to visit.
The Dangers of Marijuana During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
With the recent legalization of medical marijuana in a number of states, there has been the incorrect assumption that marijuana must be safe to smoke during pregnancy. However, this is not the case. Marijuana is still a drug, and a drug with known harmful side effects to developing babies.
Medical research has shown that the chemicals in marijuana influence brain maturation.
Babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancies respond differently to visual stimuli, tremble more, and have a high-pitched cry, which may indicate problems with neurological development. As marijuana-exposed children reach school age, they tend to have difficulty with problem-solving skills, memory and the ability to remain attentive.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, breast-feeding mothers should also be leery of using marijuana as research suggests that THC is secreted into breast milk in moderate amounts. These amounts could also be harmful to a baby’s developing brain.
While marijuana may have positive uses in aiding certain medical conditions, it is still a drug that can put your baby’s healthy development at risk.
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