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to the home page of Synergy Family Medicine. We look forward to working with you. Synergy Family Medicine is guided by the philosophy that we can achieve synergistic, or magnified, effects through a collaborative partnership between the physician and patient and though the combination of conventional and integrated medicine. During and after residency training in family medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, Dr. Yang has made extensive use of her skills and knowledge in primary care, food therapy, natural supplements and Chinese acupuncture. Our mission is to work in partnership with you to improve your health through a comprehensive approach designed to meet your specific health goals.

 

Announcements

  • April 23, 2020 -- This is Dr. Yang. Thank you for staying at home, practicing social distancing and keeping up your spirit. I am grateful to all the medical professionals for their dedication and hard work. Thank everybody who is working during this pandemic to help to support our community, support each other and to maintain the daily living. I am grateful to be blessed with a loving family, great friends and wonderful patients.

    I am providing phone consultations, and video consultations via Zoom meeting or Google Hangouts. NC COVID-19 24/7 hotline is 18664623821, UNC healthcare at 1888-850-2684 option 1, and Duke COVID-19 (8AM to 8PM) hotline is 9193850429.

    For self-care protective precaution suggestions, other local COVID-19 hotline numbers, please click the "past announcement" tab below to read the detailed information.

    In addition to provide phone and video consultations to our patients, refill prescriptions for our patients, I have been spending time to do some volunteer work. To help to support the medical professionals working at the frontline with PPE shortage, I have purchased, collected and donated N95 masks, surgical masks, isolation gowns, medical eye goggles to several local and out of state hospitals.

    I have also made and donated over 200 cloth masks. Cloth masks can not substitute N95 masks, but it is better to wear one when you are in a public area with other people around. For instructions on how to make a cloth mask at home, please see the photos below. There are many youtube posts on mask making. Here are two for your reference:
    https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask?from=singlemessage
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fySsaOojEVM

    Thank you and take care. Let us appreciate every blessing in our life and proceed with wisdom and grace.

  • March 27, 2020 -- Important announcement

    Stay at home. Telephone and video consultations are available for our current patients. Please read the precaution recommendations below. Links below to donate to support our local hospitals in urgent need or protective supplies.

    In order to reduce the potential exposure to any asymptomatic case of corona virus infection, and to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, we are not seeing patients in the clinic at the present time. Our office will reopen when the pandemic is over. For medical consultation

    We are now offering phone consultation and video consultation for our current active patients. You can schedule both appointments by clicking the "make an appointment" tab http://www.synergyfamilymedicine.com/appointment.html.
    For telephone consultation, I will call your phone number that we have on file. Please make sure your phone number is correct when you make your appointment.

    For virtual video consultation, you need to have a Gmail account and the free app ?Google hangout? downloaded to your cell phone or have a computer with a camera, microphone and access to your Google account. I will email you a link, you can click the link to start the session at the time scheduled for your appointment.

    Due to the current corona virus pandemic, government agencies issued a special notice to allow us to provide telephone consultation and video consultation using regular phone lines and apps such as Google Hangout without being penalized by HIPPA, as long as you acknowledge that you are aware of the fact the transmission of information through the regular phone lines and /or Google Hangout may not be secure and you still would like to proceed with the consultation.

    We will bill your insurance first for the telemedicine consultation. Copay or deductible may apply per your policy.

    For prescription refills

    To refill your medications that I have prescribed for your chronic medical conditions, please ask your pharmacy to send me the e-prescribing refill request online to dispense 90 day supply of medication each time.

    Precautions to reduce your risk of getting infected.

    The corona virus is highly contagious. It may cause mild or sometimes very severe symptoms. There are precautions we can take to help to reduce the spread and reduce the risk or prevent the infection. I have attended multiple teleconferences to learn about COVID-19, and I urge you to take the following precautions:
    1. Stay at home as much as you can. If you have to go outside, practice social distancing to stay at least 6 feet away from others.
    2. Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    3. Don't shake hands. Don't touch eyes, mouth, or pick nose.
    4. Drink water to hydrate well.
    5. Reduce sugar intake as it may promote the growth of virus or bacteria.
    6. Take vitamin D3 at least 5000IU a day, and multi dophilus probiotics (such as Primal Defense) at least 20 billion units a day.
    7. Consider getting a pulse ox meter from your pharmacy or online, if you have chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular or immune deficiency condition. It's a small device to put on the finger to check oxygen level. Level between 93% to 99% is normal. Chronic smoker may have a level may be slightly lower, but it should be at least 88%. Quit smoking.
    8. Keep the temperature in your room at least above 72 F, probably even better if higher.(The corona virus dies faster in higher temperature)
    9. Test to make sure your sense of smell is normal as usual. New symptom of loss of sense of smell could be a sign of corona infection.
    10. Don't panic. Stay calm.
    If you have symptoms of corona virus infection,
    If you have a fever with or without dry cough, or short of breath, with or without any travel history or close contact with infected person, you think you may need the corona virus testing, please call 911 if you have any symptoms of medical emergency. If you do not have urgent medical symptoms, please check your temperature and your oxygen level if you have a pulse ox meter, and call your local health department or the 24/7 helpline at UNC healthcare at 1888-850-2684 option 1, or 1-866-468-3821 or 9197333419 to be directed for the testing. You also have the option to make a telephone consultation with Dr. Yang to discuss your symptoms, but only the staff at your health department or the UNC healthcare above can arrange for you to get the testing. Wear a mask if you have one when you go to the testing location or an urgent care or ER.

    Please consider making a donation to our local hospitals or other hospitals in urgent need of support. Thank you very much.

    https://abc11.com/health/unc-health-duke-health-wakemed-seek-community-donations-for-medical-supplies/6039371/

    UNC health system
    https://www.unchealthcare.org/coronavirus/ways-to-help/
    Duke health and Wakemed
    https://www.dukehealth.org/covid-19-update/how-you-can-help-during-covid-19
    Thank you for your understanding. Take good care of yourself. I hope all of us stay healthy. Let us appreciate every blessing in our life and proceed with wisdom and grace.
 

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