Bayhealth begins returning to normal operations

LEWES, Del. – Bayhealth officials say they recently began creating their plan for returning to pre-COVID-19 operations.

This plan includes rescheduling some elective surgeries, procedures, therapies, and diagnostic tests that had to be postponed.

“Bayhealth is committed to re-opening to normal operations in a measured way that protects our patients and staff. We will continue to follow national and state guidelines, that include mitigation efforts, as we continue to recover,” said Bayhealth President and CEO Terry M. Murphy, FACHE.

As Bayhealth resumes full operations, everyone who enters its hospitals and medical facilities will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and will have their temperatures taken. In addition, all who enter will be required to wear a mask or face covering and will have to practice social distancing. Telehealth and phone pre-registration and check-in processes will be utilized.

Bayhealth’s restricted visitation policy will also remain in effect to limit the number of people in the same space at any given time to prevent potential spread of the virus. If a patient needs assistance, one care partner or support person may accompany them, and if the patient is a child, only one parent is asked to accompany the child. All approved care partners must also be screened, and other care partners must wait in their vehicle or outside of the facility.

Some elective surgeries and procedures recently resumed at Bayhealth Surgery Center, Kent Campus. the tents that were set up outside the Emergency Departments at the Kent and Sussex Campuses are being taken down, and cancer care services that had been consolidated to Bayhealth Cancer Center, Kent Campus will soon resume at the Sussex Campus Cancer Center. Some elective imaging exams, such as mammography, will also begin again soon.

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