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Valley Health starts to resume elective services

11 May 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

After careful consideration, Valley Health has started to ease restrictions on diagnostic and surgical procedures. This follows recent announcements from Gov. Ralph Northam lifting the hold on elective medical procedures.

Valley Health resumed elective outpatient diagnostic testing earlier this week for the safety of patients who cannot or should not delay care further. Additionally, Valley Health is beginning elective surgical procedures at some facilities for patients with time-sensitive medical needs. Telehealth visits will continue to be the norm as appropriate, and when patients require in-person care, special precautions will be taken. All patients will be pre-screened for COVID-19 before entering for a test or procedure. Patients who need an elective surgical or endoscopic procedure will be tested in advance. All patients will be required to wear a facemask upon arrival. In order to properly social distance, seating has been removed from some waiting areas, and, with few exceptions, family members are asked not to accompany patients inside.

President and CEO of Valley Health, Mark Merrill, stated, “We must remain responsive to changing conditions and disease prevalence in our community. We appreciate the numerous gestures of support from our providers and community and ask for continued understanding and flexibility as we work to cautiously and deliberately resume access to care for patients while limiting exposure risk and ensuring the safety of our community.” More information on available services can be found on Valley Health’s website.

Janet Michael recently spoke with Valley Health CEO, Mark Merrill on The Valley Today about the topic of re-opening services, plus they discussed how the community has supported the health system during this crisis. If you’d like more information about that, or to listen to that conversation, click here.

To stay up to date on COVID-19 in the Shenandoah Valley, see our COVID-19 updates post.

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