After three months of managing a non-stop surge of COVID-19 patients and postponing elective surgeries and treatments for the safety of all, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID Plymouth) resumed non-urgent, elective surgeries, procedures and clinic visits in June following the state’s lifting of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of the state’s phased re-opening plan, BID Plymouth now provides a broad range of elective inpatient and outpatient procedures and services, including diagnostic imaging, cardiology, women’s health, pain management, to name a few.
“The extraordinary caregivers and staff of BID Plymouth continue to stand ready to meet the health care needs of our patients and our community,” said Kevin Coughlin, president of BID Plymouth. “As we return to providing the in-person services our community needs to remain healthy, we have implemented a number of new safety measures to protect our patients and staff.”
Now in place at BID Plymouth, Beth Israel Lahey Health Safe Care combines new processes, standards and technologies to promote patient safety, including:
- A three-point symptom check to confirm patients are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 before their in-person visit, as well as daily symptom checks for staff;
- Separate care areas for patients with symptoms or a diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past 21 days;
- Universal masking requirements for patients, escorts and staff;
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of exam rooms, high-touch areas and common spaces; and
- Redesigned spaces to accommodate physical distancing and safe pedestrian traffic flow.
“We know COVID-19 continues to present significant challenges and members of our community have a lot of questions about in-person health care visits,” said R. Scott Oliver, Chief of Surgery at BID Plymouth. “We want our patients to know that seeking care – whether for a routine check-up, preventative testing, surgery, or an emergency – is important, and BID Plymouth has taken all the steps necessary to assure your safety.”
For more information about BID Plymouth’s Safe Care Plan, please visit bilh.org/safecare