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Surgery Services

All surgical services are resuming during Alert Level 2.
 
Patients are advised that they will be contacted by Eastern Health regarding their appointments/procedures and should only proceed to Eastern Health appointments/procedures that have been confirmed by phone or appointment letter. 
 
Affected elective surgeries will be rescheduled and individuals will be contacted by Eastern Health about their surgery.   
 
What can patients expect? 
 
We are continuing ongoing precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for all surgical patients including: 
 
Screening all patients for symptoms through a series of questions, using the COVID-19 screening and assessment tool, upon initial contact for operating room procedures.  
 
All patients having surgical procedures must complete COVID-19 swab testing prior to their surgery. Patients will be contacted up to 72 hours before their surgery with an appointment for their pre-surgical swab testing.  
 
Limiting the number of visitors within all our clinics, registration areas, family waiting rooms, and recovery rooms to meet current public health measures and allow social distancing. 
 
Promoting and following recommendations associated with the correct use of PPE for patients and all Eastern Health staff. 
 
Booking your surgery 
 
Physicians continue to review and prioritize their patients for surgery. Once your surgeon has decided to book your surgery, they will notify Eastern Health. Within one (1) week before your surgery, you will be contacted with your surgery date, preadmission information and/or an appointment, and information about the process for COVID swabbing which is required prior to your surgery. 
 
If you have any questions regarding your surgery, please contact your health-care provider’s office directly.  If you feel there has been a change in your health status, please contact your physician or nurse practitioner for an appointment.  If you do not have a family doctor or a regular health-care provider, please call the 811 NL Health Line (811 / TTY 1-888-709-3555) to speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week about any health issue or concern.  If your health issue is urgent, please go to the nearest Emergency Department
 
Before your surgery 
 
Patients who have had previous testing related to surgery completed may have to repeat these tests, depending on the time that may have passed. These tests may vary based on the type of surgery you are having.  Your physician’s office will provide you with additional direction, as required. 
 
Patients will be booked for either a virtual pre-operative assessment or an in-person appointment (Pre-Admission Clinic). Some patients may be provided with a virtual pre-operative assessment and receive a telephone phone call from a nurse and anesthesiologist. If your appointment is being completed virtually, you will be notified by telephone and given an appointment.  You will also be booked for a COVID-19 swab a few days before your surgery. All other required tests, such as blood work or ECGs, will be completed on the morning of your surgery.  Other patients may receive an appointment to attend the Pre-Admission Clinic. The appointment takes place one to five days before your surgery.  Your appointment will take two to four hours.  For patients with Pre-Admission Clinic appointments, you will see a nurse and anesthesiologist and they will order tests to be done during your visit.  
 
If you have any questions regarding your surgery, please contact your health-care provider’s office directly.  If you feel there has been a change in your health status, please contact your physician or nurse practitioner for an appointment. If you do not have a family doctor or a regular health-care provider, please call the 811 NL Health Line (811 / TTY 1-888-709-3555) to speak to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week about any health issue or concern. If your health issue is urgent, please go to the nearest Emergency Department
 
Day of surgery
 
We take our responsibility to keep patients and staff safe throughout this pandemic very seriously. As such, we take measures to ensure that everyone has enough space to be able to socially distance from other people. To achieve this within all our clinics, registration areas, and family waiting rooms, we are currently limiting visitors. To learn more, please see Visitation & Support Persons.
  

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Updated Mar 26, 2021