COVID-19 Information

We are committed to your health & safety!

coronavirusAt Paoli Surgery Center, there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our patients, employees, and physicians.  During this time of uncertainty with the coronavirus, we remain committed to providing the same high quality and compassionate care that you have come to expect from your caregivers at Paoli Surgery Center.  

In accordance with CMS, CDC, State, Local, Tribal and National Specialty Societies (American College of Surgeons, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, American Hospital Association) guidelines and recommendations, we are following best practices to provide you, our employees, and physicians with a safe environment.  Here are some of the steps that have been instituted and changes you will experience:

  • Facility access to only those individuals essential for patient care. 
  • Visitors accompanying patients will not be allowed into building, unless necessary to deliver care safely (i.e., parents of minor child, persons with disabilities who require special assistance or the help of a responsible person, non-English speaking individuals requiring the assistance of certified translator), visitors will be asked to wait outside or in their vehicles.
  • Required health status screening, to include temperature checks, of everyone that enters the building.
  • All staff, patients, and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering, at all times.  If you do not have one, we will provide one upon entry.
  • Social distancing adherence with staggering of appointments, minimized wait times, lower patient volumes, flow management measures and additional spacing of chairs in all waiting areas.
  • We have established additional and special procedures for cleaning and disinfecting the entire facility with an emphasis on frequently touched areas, such as doorknobs, telephones, handrails, etc.  These are in addition to the already rigorous infection control policies, procedures and practices that were in place prior to the current pandemic.

Our goal at Paoli Surgery Center is to protect the health of our patients, staff, and community. We are continually monitoring the latest information on the coronavirus illness. We encourage everyone to follow the latest information from the CDC to prevent the spread of infection.  If you have concerns or questions about COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms, we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Can I bring someone with me for my surgery?
A: Visitors accompanying patients will not be allowed into building, unless necessary to deliver care safely (i.e., parents of minor child, persons with disabilities who require special assistance or the help of a responsible person, non-English speaking individuals requiring the assistance of certified translator), visitors will be asked to wait outside or in their vehicles.

Q: Can my family wait for me in the waiting room?
A: Visitors accompanying patients will not be allowed into building, unless necessary to deliver care safely (i.e., parents of minor child, persons with disabilities who require special assistance or the help of a responsible person, non-English speaking individuals requiring the assistance of certified translator), visitors will be asked to wait outside or in their vehicles.

Q: Will my temperature be checked?
A: Yes. Everyone who enters the building will have their temperature checked.

Q: Who is required to wear a mask?
A: All staff, patients, and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering, at all times. 

Q: What if I don't have a mask?
A: If you do not have a mask, we will provide one upon entry to the facility.

Q: What cleaning protocols are in place?
A: We have established additional and special procedures for cleaning and disinfecting the entire facility with an emphasis on frequently touched areas, such as doorknobs, telephones, handrails, etc. These are in addition to the already rigorous infection control policies, procedures and practices that were in place prior to the current pandemic.

Q: What if I have COVID symptoms on the day my surgery is scheduled?
A: If you are exhibiting COVID symptoms, we encourage you to contact your primary care provider.

Patient Instructions: Presurgical COVID-19 Screening

When you arrive for your COVID-19 test - pull up to the front door of the Paoli Surgery Center. Please stay in your car and a nurse will come to your car to perform the test.

If you cannot keep your appointment, please give us 48 hours' notice so that we can re-schedule your Covid appointment. Failure to call and re-schedule, may delay your surgical procedure.

In order to help minimize exposure to the asymptomatic spread of the Covid-19, please adhere to the following precautions:

  • Please go directly home immediately after your test. Continue to shelter in place and self- isolate until day of surgery to protect yourself from others in your community.
  • Continue to practice social distancing and limit contact with family members who work outside your home.
  • Do not allow visitors to enter your home through your day of surgery.
  • If your tests are positive you will be notified for further instructions, your surgery will be cancelled and rescheduled at a later date.
  • If we do not receive your test results in time from the lab your surgery may be postponed and rescheduled.
  • Please continue to monitor for symptoms of Covid- 19  prior to surgery and notify us at 610-408-0822 if you develop any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever greater than 100.4
    • New respiratory symptoms; cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or sudden loss of taste
    • Nausea, Diarrhea

Please be patient with us during this challenging time as we need to take these added precautions. We want to perform your surgery while keeping everyone safe. Our highest priority is providing our patients with the best possible outcome.