Mary Washington Healthcare lifted the temporary restrictions on scheduled surgeries and procedures due to the COVID-19 virus. The decision aligns with Governor Ralph Northam’s announcement that scheduled medical procedures were allowed to resume May 1. MWHC resumed scheduled surgeries and procedures on May 4.
“Early on in the process, Virginia hospitals took the precautionary step of postponing non-emergency medical procedures to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) and to create additional capacity in our facilities,” said Mike McDermott, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Mary Washington Healthcare. “As we consider the current situation in Fredericksburg, and throughout the Commonwealth, we now believe the time is right to begin providing non-emergency, scheduled procedures to people who need care to improve their health outcomes.”
Safety protocols established by Mary Washington Healthcare include, but are not limited to:
Individuals scheduled for a surgery or procedure will receive a COVID-19 test prior to their scheduled surgery or procedure. Only patients with a negative test will proceed.
Individuals scheduled for a surgery or procedure at Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals will have a period of self-quarantine prior to their scheduled surgery or procedure.
All individuals entering Mary Washington Healthcare facilities are pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms, including administering an infrared temperature check.
All individuals entering Mary Washington Healthcare facilities are asked to wear a mask. Patients may bring their own mask or opt to wear one supplied by the health system.
All care teams are asked to wear PPE relevant to the care they are providing. All MWHC personnel are encouraged to wear a mask while in a MWHC facility.
Visitors are prohibited at MWHC facilities. A support person is still allowed for laboring OB mothers; children under 18; patients with confusion, altered medical status, or developmental delays; and end-of-life patients.
Six-foot physical distancing is required in public areas. Floor markers are being installed for guidance in waiting rooms.
Extra cleaning and disinfection of high-touch, public surfaces will continue.
Infectious patients will continue to be cared for in isolation, away from non-infectious patients.
Our first concern is always the safety of our patients, associates, and medical staff. If there is a sudden surge in COVID-19 patients in our community or any changes to the available supply of PPE, we are prepared to cease non-emergency medical procedures and surgeries.
“We have seen a decreasing number of COVID-19 positive patients requiring hospital care in our community. Our hospitals follow best practice care and infection prevention protocols and are exceedingly safe facilities,” says Dr. McDermott. “We are positioned to safely and responsibly take the next steps of reopening some of our healthcare services while poised to adjust our approach in response to any new challenges we face in the weeks to come.”