What to Expect When You Come in for Your Next Appointment
June 22, 2020
COVID-19 and the associated events, including the State of Tennessee’s safer at home order, forced us to put a halt to all non-urgent and non-essential procedures and appointments. As of May 4, our staff at Campbell Clinic has started the process of reopening our Germantown Surgery Center to perform elective surgeries while continuing to adhere to CDC guidelines and social distancing procedures.
Fred Azar, M.D., Chief of Staff at Campbell Clinic, states, “As we reopen, it is important we implement new health and safety protocols to keep our patients and employees protected. We will work tirelessly to safely perform these procedures for our patients to get back to work and to their normal lives.”
If you have an appointment coming up, we want to assure you that we’re taking precautions to properly protect all of our patients and staff.
Precautions We’re Taking
Our team will continue to monitor and follow guidelines laid out by the CDC in order to eliminate the possible spread of the coronavirus during elective surgeries. The following precautions have been implemented in the Surgery Centers:
- Every patient will be tested for COVID-19 prior to their surgical operation.
- Temperature checks and questionnaires will be administered to both caregiver and patient upon arrival.
- Only one caregiver will be permitted to accompany the patient.
- Both caregiver and patient must arrive with a face covering.
- Due to social distancing guidelines, the caregiver may be asked to wait in the car for the duration of the surgery and/or procedure.
- Cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been updated in accordance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines.
These precautions will be evaluated on a weekly basis to ensure full compliance with all government agencies. While under the safer at home order, Campbell Clinic offered patients telemedicine and provided live online workouts to encourage patients to stay active during their time at home. We will continue to offer clinic appointments via telemedicine whenever possible.
By working extended hours, our surgeons will be working through the backlog of surgeries over the next few weeks. We understand that our patients might still have injuries and musculoskeletal problems. But they might not have the option of taking time off to recover from surgery due to being off work for an extended period of time or only recently retiring to work. We are committed to doing everything we can to accommodate your needs and see you in an efficient and safe manner.
If you have any questions or concerns before your next appointment, please contact our team at Campbell Clinic.