Cancer Treatments Continue Despite COVID-19
With enhanced safety measures and increased use of telemedicine visits, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute has continued to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, hundreds of cancer patients have received high-quality radiation oncology care, including proton therapy, and new patients are starting treatment every day.
The following protocols, guided by the CDC, ASTRO and UF Health, are in place for the protection of patients and staff members.
- All patients and staff members are asked to self-screen for fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath before coming to the building.
- All patients and staff members arriving at the building are given a temperature check, screened for symptoms, and asked about their recent travel.
Personal Protective Equipment
- Every patient and caregiver is asked to wear a fabric face covering or mask while in the building.
- All staff members wear a mask.
Limiting Visits and Caregivers
- Limit of one caregiver per patient during consult appointments only.
- Additional caregivers are asked to remain outside for all other appointments.
- No children under the age of 12 are allowed, unless they are the patient.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
- All high-touch surfaces are frequently cleaned and disinfected.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are conveniently placed throughout the building.
- All patients, caregivers, and staff members are reminded to practice good hand hygiene.
- Seats in waiting areas are arranged six feet apart.
- When appropriate, consultations, follow-up visits, and/or on-treatment visits are conducted via telehealth.