COVID-19 and Preparing for your Procedure | Sturdy Memorial

Published on May 29, 2020

COVID-19 and Preparing for Your Upcoming Procedure

The following steps are required in preparation for your procedure to keep you and your care team safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

You will be required to have pre-surgical COVID-19 testing.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR UPCOMING PROCEDURE

Your pre-admission testing will be done via phone screen. During this time we’ll gather information about your medical history and provide you with education about your upcoming procedure.

In addition to pre-admission testing, you’ll need to have a COVID-19 test completed. Your provider will order this test 72 hours before your procedure. You can have the test done at the COVID-19 Drive-Thru testing site located at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

We ask that you self-quarantine after completing your test until your scheduled surgical appointment. In the event you test positive for COVID-19, your procedure will be deferred. If you develop any symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your provider to discuss your next steps.

ON THE DAY OF YOUR PROCEDURE

Please know that your care before, during, and after surgery, will NOT be in a patient care area with COVID-19 positive patients. These patients are cared for in separate areas.

On the day of your procedure you’ll enter through the Surgical Day Center, located on Park Street.

We ask that you arrive with a mask. If you don’t have one, we will provide you with one. You’ll be greeted by one of our patient screeners at the entrance who will conduct Coronavirus questioning and take your temperature. You will be instructed on how to proceed to the surgical pre-operative area to check-in.

At this time, we are not permitting visitors. This is being done to reduce the risk of exposure for all staff. For more information, please read our visitation policy. Our staff will communicate with your support person via phone to let them know of your progress.

When your procedure is complete and it is time for you to discharge, you will be picked up at the same door you arrived at.

MANAGING YOUR CARE POST-OPERATIVELY

After your procedure, we recommend that you remain home to limit your exposure to COVID-19. Your follow-up care will be determined on your individual needs as communicated to you through your physician’s office. In some cases, post-operative appointments may be conducted via a virtual visit through TeleHealth. This will be determined by your physician.