Resuming elective surgeries and procedures
Updated May 6, 2020
The safety and security of our patients, their families, caregivers and physicians is our highest priority.
Given the current guidance from Governor Greg Abbott and local county officials, Medical City Healthcare hospitals have resumed elective surgeries beginning at our hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
Medical City Healthcare is adhering to the requirements set forth by the Texas Medical Board and local and state agencies regarding elective surgeries. At all times, the supply of PPE, hospital and intensive care unit beds, and ventilators will be taken into consideration, even in areas that are not currently managing COVID-19 infections.
Clinical care facilities are still among the safest possible place to receive healthcare at this time, and Medical City Healthcare is well prepared to safely proceed with elective services. Our facilities are vigilant when it comes to sanitation, screening, visitor restrictions, masking, as well as all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Acute healthcare needs unrelated to COVID-19 should not be ignored during this time. Medical City Healthcare facilities are safe places to receive this care.
Elective procedures can take place as clinically appropriate in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Our facilities have begun rescheduling surgeries and procedures which were previously postponed in line with COVID-19 precautions, and physicians are now able to schedule surgeries at the hospitals in the following counties.
Surgical patients may be asked to complete pre-admission COVID-19 testing approximately 48 hours prior to surgery and those patients will be asked to self-quarantine during that same time. All surgical patients will enter the hospital through an entrance where screening and temperature checks will be performed. Our non-COVID-19 patients, including elective procedure patients, will be grouped on similar units and assigned caregivers who are not concurrently caring for COVID-19 positive patients during their shifts.
We continue to follow state requirements to limit visitors to only individuals necessary to the patient’s care and invite patients and their loved ones to utilize a variety of available technologies at Medical City Healthcare facilities to stay connected during their hospital stay. Learn what to expect during your upcoming hospital visit.
If you have additional questions regarding surgery, please visit our updated surgery FAQs page.
Taking extra precautions to keep patients safe.
Here are just a few of the steps we're taking:
Virtual appointments available with trusted physician specialists and urgent care doctors
Universal masking and screening for all employees, physicians, approved visitors and patients
COVID-19 testing when appropriate for patients prior to scheduled procedures
Ultra-clean environment with enhanced sanitation and validation to ensure cleaning is complete and effective
Dedicated entrances for surgical patients, limited visitation and social distancing throughout our facilities
Virtual visitation using our advanced technology to keep families connected and informed