COVID-19: Resuming Services at STEGH
Update: May 26, 2021: We continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and community transmission at the local, regional and provincial levels. STEGH had implemented service reductions to respond to a need for internal clinical capacity demands, and we are now in a good position to cautiously resume elective procedures within our surgical services program. Our patients will be notified by their surgeon’s office when they are scheduled for a surgical procedure and the office will review our current COVID-19 protocols with them to ensure our patients are properly prepared for their upcoming scheduled appointments.
STEGH continues to collaborate with regional partners to respond to the rapidly evolving situation. On a daily basis, we continue to monitor capacity in the surgical program, outpatient clinics (ambulatory care) and diagnostic services. If we need to respond to meet the demands of rising hospital admissions, patients will be notified, in advance, of changes to their appointment or service cancellations.
DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES and AMBULATORY CARE
(Ambulatory Care includes the Fracture Clinic, Pain Clinic, Musculoskeletal Clinic and procedural based care with our surgeons. If you have an appointment for a Pulmonary Function Test, with a Diabetes Educator or in the Chemotherapy Clinic, you will be provided with information about your visit at the time of booking.)
Prior to your appointment, you will be screened over the telephone for COVID-19 symptoms. You will also be screened upon entry to the hospital on the day of your appointment. For your safety and the safety of our staff, the outcome of the screening process may result in your appointment being rescheduled.
Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on hospital capacity, your surgery MAY be impacted. If your surgery is postponed, your physician or surgeon’s office will contact you.
Prior to surgery, patients are encouraged to quarantine for 14 days. This includes limiting contact with others to avoid the potential for an unnecessary cancellation (stay home, maintain at least two metres of physical distance between yourself and others, wash your hands often, and monitor yourself for symptoms).
STEGH will contact you by phone prior to your surgery to screen for possible COVID-19 symptoms. If you fail the screening or fall into a high-risk category, you will be asked to go to our COVID-19 Assessment Centre for a COVID test. The goal is to have a negative result documented before the day of your procedure.
On the day of your procedure, you will be asked to arrive without a companion unless you are under the age of 18, have mobility challenges or require additional personal support. These details can be arranged with hospital staff during your screening phone call. These additional steps are in place to keep patients and staff safe.