My Chart Lab Results Update

***ATTENTION***

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR LAB RESULTS

Our electronic medical records is very efficient.  You may receive your lab results before the provider has reviewed them.  We will contact you within 7 business days with your plan of care.  Please do not call the office, the nurse will not have the plan until your provider has reviewed your results.

Covington Women’s Health Specialists’ COVID-19 In-Office Visits Procedures

Due to the current public health emergency surrounding COVID-19, we want to keep you ​updated on our processes ​for your visit to our offices.​ We are actively monitoring the overall COVID-19 status in the community ​and following all ​CDC and DPH guidelines. As needed, we will adjust our in-office visit policies to protect the health and safety of our patients and employees​.​ Our safety enhancements include:

  • ​We are taking the temperature of everyone before entry.​ ​ Anyone with a fever ​will not be allowed inside.
  • Any person entering our office is required to wear a face-covering​ and keep it on for the duration of your appointment. Click here to learn more about the CDC’s recommendations for cloth face covers. For patients who do not have a mask when they arrive to our office, you can buy a ZShield Wrap Mask for 30 dollars or can rent one for five. The ZShield Wrap allows workers to breathe easily and clearly communicate while protecting themselves and customers. ZShield Wrap creates an effective barrier between the user’s face and the faces of customers or students during any interaction that requires close contact.
  • ​P​regnant patients may bring one support person when an ultrasound is done if the person is the patient’s translator, or if the patient needs physical support due to a disability.​ We understand the variety of needs for a support person at your visit. Please reach out to our office if you want to request an additional reason for a support companion at your upcoming visit. We encourage patients to utilize videoconferencing on their personal devices or have their support person on speakerphone for the duration of the appointment.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces that may be frequently touched by other people, such as door handles, tables, etc.  You also need to wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Watch this video on proper handwashing tips and check out the infographic below.
  • We will continue to implement televisits as a scheduling option for certain healthcare needs that can be provided over the phone without an in-person visit. Learn more about this service here.

​These ​processes protect the health of our patients, employees, and the community.​ Thank you for your patience and understanding. We appreciate your cooperation as we strive to accommodate your needs and keep everyone healthy.​

Wash Your Hands guide provided by the CDC.

Partnering with Students: Our Specialists Clinical Program

A major component of education for anyone hoping to become a healthcare provider is a process called clinical rotations. This multi-year undertaking occurs when students work with a professional within their chosen field, going into offices and hospitals and working with patients one on one. Doing so gives them the hands-on experience they need to flourish in their career and also gives them the opportunity to work with medical issues that they’ve only read about so far.

Covington Women’s Health Specialists providers understand the importance of clinical work. That’s why they partner with multiple universities to serve as preceptors for clinical rotations. Not only does this benefit those ready to jump into the healthcare workforce, but it also benefits Covington Women’s Health Specialists

“Normally, we see third-year medical students coming through our offices,” Denise Cochran, a Certified Nurse Midwife and Student Coordinator at Covington Women’s Health Specialists stated. Medical students from Augusta University/University of Georgia Partnership complete 6-week rotations with the office. “We tailor our clinical programs to give those students as much experience and exposure as possible. They’re in the office appointments with us, they round in the hospitals, they assist in surgeries, and they also learn in labor and delivery. For many of them, this is their first time in a clinical rotation, so we want to make it as beneficial to them as possible.”

In addition to medical students, Covington Women’s Health Specialists routinely teaches midwifery students and family nurse practitioner students who are required to do an OBGYN rotation. Midwifery students complete rotations both in the office and in the hospital labor and delivery unit. They partner with numerous universities including Emory, Vanderbilt, Frontier Nursing and the University of Georgia, creating future healthcare providers in their offices. 

Currently, our practice is partnered with one student who will do her clinical work with them for two years before becoming a midwife in Covington herself. While she earns her degree, she’ll be building relationships with her future patients and solidifying her future role at the very place she will eventually work.

Denise said, “We almost always have someone in the office working with us. It’s such a great program because of that. They get to use our offices to learn, and we get to have most recent medical information taught in the schools brought into our practice.”

Covington Women’s Health Implements Telemedicine Visits

We have moved quickly to implement televisits as a scheduling option for our established patients.  Certain health care needs can be provided over the phone without an in-person visit.  This service lets us provide the care you need without having to leave your home.  Our scheduling staff will provide you with the instructions for your telehealth visit when you make your appointment.

  • Birth control consultation
  • Incontinence
  • Lactation consultations and concerns including mastitis
  • Medication follow ups, adjustments or new prescriptions
  • Mood concerns or follow up medical checks
  • Perimenopause or menopause consultations
  • Treatment plan for gynecological issues
  • Vaginitis or urinary tract infections
  • Irregular and heavy periods consultations
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome diagnosis and counseling

*Please be aware that this visit will result in a charge to your insurance company and coinsurance and deductible will apply.

Covington Women’s Health Specialists Physician Dr. Meridith Farrow Appeared on the “The Weekly Check-Up”

Covington Women’s Health Specialists physician, Dr. Meridith Farrow appeared on “The Weekly Check-Up” on News/Talk WSB Radio on Sunday, January 12th. The weekly radio show addresses a wide range of topics about health. It includes in-studio interviews and caller questions fielded by featured guests and the show’s host.

On the January 12th show, Dr. Farrow discussed sexual dysfunction and decreased libido. As a dedicated, all female OB-GYN and midwifery care practice for every stage of a woman’s life, these conditions are treated here at Covington Women’s Health Specialists.

In the in-depth interview with the show’s host Dr. Bruce Feinberg, Dr. Farrow shared her personal background, what drew her to practice medicine, and her choice of the OB-GYN specialty. They discussed a recent medical study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that finds no meaningful association between using talc-based or other powders and ovarian cancer. Dr. Farrow shared the findings particularly interested her since she lost her mother from ovarian cancer, which shaped her career choice to be a doctor.

Dr. Farrow also spoke about her practice of “Gyno-chiatry,”a term she created to describe her process of evaluating if a patient’s sexual dysfunction is a mental issue, a physical issue, or both. From there, she decides if there are behavioral changes her patients can focus on addressing in their personal lives, if medicine or medical procedures are needed, or if a combination of both physical and mental health treatments can help.

Dr. Farrow ended the show encouraging women to speak up about sexual dysfunction and decreased libido, especially with their gynecologists. They are here to help, so find one you are comfortable working with to address these issues and find a treatment that works for you.

Listen to the informative interview here.