Elective Surgeries and Procedures
In mid-March, Virtua Health stopped scheduling all elective surgical procedures in an abundance of caution and with the intent to:
- Reduce risk of spreading COVID-19 infections
- Preserve anticipated personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing supplies
- Create capacity for patients presenting with COVID-19
We took this action 10 days prior to Gov. Phil Murphy's Executive Order to suspend elective surgeries throughout the state. These actions were necessary to prepare our health system to take care of a tremendous influx of COVID-related hospitalizations, which peaked several weeks ago.
We are now seeing a promising decline in virus-related hospitalization.
Virtua is now well-positioned to bring our patients back for care that has been delayed. We are honored to continue to be your partner in managing your health.
In accordance with guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health, Virtua Health is rescheduling prior postponed surgeries, procedures, and tests, effective May 26, so that we can support our patients in their journey to address their health care needs.
We recognize that this news, while promising, may leave you with more questions and lingering apprehension about safety.
The thoughtful decision to begin to reopen came only after meeting a number of critical metrics, including the enhanced availability of lab testing and supplies and the sustained reduction of new positive COVID-19 hospitalizations. The re-opening also necessitated new social distancing, safety, and cleaning protocols to be in place, an adequate supply of PPE be on hand, and reasonable triggers be outlined should a spike in new cases or a surge of local hospitalization resurface.
How Virtua Keeps You Safe
We know that your health is a priority, and it is important that you access the care you need to address any issues or concerns you are having. We have taken the time to outline how you can access these expanded services and to describe the comprehensive precautions we have put in place to help ensure your safety. While we are offering all services, we are staggering some schedules as appropriate to allow for additional cleaning and to avoid having too many people in the facilities at one time.
At Virtua, we take a multilayered approach to your safety while having any procedure, including:
- Pre-procedural quarantine
- COVID-19 testing
- Asking screening questions during your pre-procedural phone call
- Limiting visitors
- Repeat screening questions on the day of your procedure
- Distancing prior to and after your procedure
- Separate outpatient and inpatient areas for COVID-19 positive and negative patients
- Disinfecting all patient areas before and after procedures
- Escorting you to your ride home
We're Here for You
Please remember that our hospitals, operating rooms, and emergency rooms have remained open and are always ready and available to provide you with safe emergency and essential care. We continue to offer in-person visits and, when appropriate, video visits with our providers throughout Virtua Health.
Rest assured that we are here for you and your family during this trying time, and as we move forward, we will continue to provide safe counsel and treatment to you in-person and remotely when appropriate.