South Shore Health Announces Limitations on Elective Surgeries

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Susan Griffin
sgriffin3 [at] southshorehealth.org

In light of the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, South Shore Health today announced new limitations on surgical procedures at South Shore Hospital.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, scheduled elective surgical procedures at South Shore Hospital will be postponed indefinitely. 

This decision is in line with guidance from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and mirrors changes that have been adopted by major academic medical centers around the country.

Elective surgeries are defined as procedures where a delay will not adversely affect patient outcomes. For example, cancer surgeries will proceed in most cases, while hernia surgeries may be postponed.

These changes are made with the safety of our patients and staff in mind, and are designed to help ensure that the Hospital has as many resources as possible available to help patients in critical need.

At this time, procedures at our 2 Pond Park outpatient surgical center will continue as scheduled. 

Patients who are scheduled for surgical procedures on and after March 18 will be contacted by their care teams in order to reschedule.

Patients should contact their provider with questions about specific cases.

Media Contact

Susan Griffin
sgriffin3 [at] southshorehealth.org