NMMC in Tupelo resumes elective surgeries

North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) in Tupelo resumed elective surgeries Tuesday, April 28.

Posted: Apr 28, 2020 1:42 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2020 3:29 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC) in Tupelo resumed elective surgeries Tuesday, April 28.

This is in response to Gov. Tate Reeves’ recent changes to the state’s measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Read the full statement below:

North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo will resume elective surgeries on April 28 in response to Governor Tate Reeves' recent change, which allows for a restart of elective surgeries and procedures that meet statewide guidelines.

NMMC-Tupelo will initially offer elective surgeries at the medical center, North Mississippi Surgery Center and Women’s Hospital. NMMC-Gilmore Amory, NMMC-West Point and NMMC-Hamilton will soon follow Tupelo in restarting these services.

UpdateNMHS to soon resume elective surgeries in West Point, Amory

“During this pandemic, I have been concerned about the public deferring much-needed healthcare because they are fearful of entering a healthcare facility,” said Shane Spees, North Mississippi Health Services president and chief executive officer. “Rest assured, our facilities, which were safe prior to COVID-19, are even safer today because of our diligence in hand hygiene, masking, screening of all entrants, protective equipment usage, cohorting and distancing of patients who are COVID-19 positive or presumed to be COVID-19 positive, as well as continuous sanitizing of facilities.”

Emergent and urgent surgeries, cases considered necessary in order to safe life or limb or to prevent an urgent condition from becoming an emergency, continued during Governor Reeves' statewide executive order. However, his executive order postponed any and all elective cases until April 28th.

Surgical offices will be contacting their patients to reschedule appointments and patients may contact their surgeon’s office as well to request an appointment.

Special precautions will continue to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, including routine screening of physicians and staff involved in patient care. Also, all surgical patients and their designated visitor will undergo a COVID-19 screening upon arrival. Patients will receive an isolation mask. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mask. Masks will be provided to those visitors who do not have one. We will continue to observe social distancing within public areas.

Beginning April 28, the hospital’s visitation policy is being modified to allow inpatient and outpatient surgical patients to have one visitor (such as the patient’s designated driver) before and after surgery. The visitation policies protect patients and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

“We will keep our additional safety measures in place as long as needed to reassure the public that it is safe to access care at NMHS,” Spees said. “Our mission is to improve the health of the people of our region. We’re ready to resume services that fit the newest guidelines set forth by the state.”

Open this link to visit NMMC's website for more information.

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