Please check here frequently for updates on California Protons and the precautions we are taking to safely continue treatments while keeping our staff and patients healthy. Information will be updated on a regular basis.
Stay At Home Order
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom formally issued a statewide “stay at home” order effectively immediately. This is the State’s latest effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
We want to assure you that we remain open for patient treatments.
California Protons Cancer Therapy Center has issued a letter to current patients stating that they are under current treatment at our Center. If you are a current patient, we ask that you please carry this with you as you travel to and from your daily appointments. If you do not have the ability to print this, a hard-copy can be supplied to you at the front desk of the Center.
If you have questions, please call California Protons Cancer Therapy Center at (858) 549-7400.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
As many of you are aware, there is growing concern around the spread of COVID-19 virus (commonly referred to as the “coronavirus”) in our community. The number one priority of California Protons Cancer Therapy Center is protecting the health of our patients and staff. We have been closely monitoring the situation, and continue to assess new developments and take appropriate measures to address the risks. Your health and safety is our top priority. While there have been no cases of coronavirus at California Protons, we are enhancing our safety protocols nonetheless.
To prevent the spread of illness, we continue to promote good hygiene including using hand sanitizer and washing hands frequently, practicing proper isolation procedures such as asking patients and visitors to wear masks if they have active respiratory symptoms, asking that ill employees remain at home, and sanitizing hard surfaces including treatment equipment frequently.
In addition to these practices, we wanted to make you aware of the following changes:
- Screening: All patients and staff who enter the building will be screened daily for risk factors and potential symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing a fever, new cough, new shortness of breath, new sore throat, diarrhea, body aches, or loss of taste or smell, please call the Center at (858) 549-7400 for further instruction regarding your appointment.
- Protective Equipment: Following the leadership of the CDC and UC San Diego Health, employees will be wearing masks during all patient encounters, appointments and treatments. This is for both your safety and that of our team.
- Limiting Visitors: At this time we are restricting all visitors (spouses, significant others, family, friends, etc.) from entering our building. Visitors are welcome to wait outside or in their cars. We hope visitor restrictions will be temporary. If you have special circumstances requiring additional help, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Spouses and significant others may participate in appointments by telephone if desired.
- Group Events: The best way to avoid spread of viruses is to avoid person-to-person contact. As such, the Center has made the difficult decision to discontinue certain group events for the foreseeable future. We know these are an important resource for our patients and are saddened to have to postpone, however, the safety of our patients is our top priority and believe this to be a prudent step.
Telephone and Video Consultations and Follow-Ups
While face-to-face consultations are recommended when possible, we have begun offering consultations and follow-up appointments by telephone or video conference. If you are uncomfortable coming into the Center, or travelling, please call us at (858) 549-7400 to schedule your appointment.
Patients with COVID-19 Symptoms
At this time, California Protons is being extremely cautious in regards to the recent Coronavirus outbreak. Our patients are immunocompromised and therefore, we must take all necessary steps and precautions to reduce any possible illness that they could come in contact with.
Because of this, any patient, visitor, vendor or staff member who is experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, or general feeling of being unwell) needs to be evaluated by their primary care physician or local emergency room. Both primary care offices and local emergency rooms are asking that you call ahead to alert the staff of your symptoms. Listed below are a few options for evaluation in the nearby area.
NOTE: If you are having any type of distress, please call 911 immediately, or visit the nearest emergency room.
UC San Diego Emergency Department
9434 Medical Center Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Scripps Health Nurse Hotline
Please see your physician for evaluation and call us before returning to the Center. We will require documentation from the physician that you have been evaluated and stating that you are not contagious with the Coronavirus.
Thank you for understanding that we are protecting our patients and staff from any illness so that we can continue to treat our patients safely.