Please help us welcome our newest provider to our family practice, Abigail Eley, ARNP. She received her doctorate of nursing from the University of Florida after receiving her bachelor’s in nursing at Florida Southern University. Like me, she is a native Floridian and has a large family. Her arrival opens up our office schedules and will increase our ability to accommodate long established and new patients. I am eager to have another provider who is committed to the mission of the family practice and also eager to build strong relationships with both our staff at PCPG and with all of our wonderful patients. I am thankful for the loyalty and the faith so many in our community have entrusted in me and my practice. Thank you, everyone. And we look forward to further expansion and community building efforts.
There are new predictions about Lyme Disease this coming spring and summer. This is a more serious issue if you plan to travel, hike, camp or vacation farther north. Listen to a segment about the upcoming spring and summer and tick-borne Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is not the only tick-borne disease. Listen to this segment of Radiolab to learn about Alpha-gal. Can you imagine developing an allergy to meat? Read more about it here on wikipedia. The Lone Star tick is more common in the southern United States and means Alpha Gal has a higher probability than Lyme Disease.
The office will be closed Friday October 7th.
As of 12 noon today, Alachua County Emergency Operations Center has designated this as a Level-1 Activation. All state, county and municipal services are closed or canceled. The county has directed all residents to stay in their homes on Friday for safety reasons. North Florida Regional Medical Center will have fully functioning emergency services but they have started closing down elective and non-emergent services for Friday, October 7th.
The National Hurricane Center expects 100mph winds to reach the Orlando area by Friday at noon. Our area will likely get tropical storm force winds of at least 60mph for a sustained period of 6 or more hours. Be prepared to be without power for potentially three (3) days.
Unless there is some extreme event, Primary Care Physicians will open for business as usual on Monday morning, October 10th, at 8am. If power and utilities have not been restored and you have an appointment, come to the office anyways. As with Hurricane Hermine, we worked without power or phones for several days. As with Hurricane Hermine, if Cox Communications are effected and we have no phone lines, we will not have any ability for patients to reach the physician taking after hours call for the weekend.
For the greater good, please try to avoid using our local emergency rooms for non-emergent issues. In these extreme emergencies, our office will try to do all we can to accommodate patients.
Be safe, everyone and we’ll see you after Matthew leaves.