South Shore Health Reintroduces Elective Surgeries

As part of Phase 2 of the state of Massachusetts’ plan to reopen businesses, public health officials have given the go ahead to reintroduce elective surgeries that were put on hold during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is good news for many in our community who have had to delay procedures during the state of emergency.

After meeting state requirements for hospital capacity and safety, South Shore Health has begun scheduling patients for elective surgery. These procedures will take place while our health system carefully monitors our capacity.

Above all, we will ensure that we are able to give priority to emergent and urgent cases.

I want people to be reassured: from the top of the hospital to the bottom, we are totally organized and mobilized to take care of everything, from COVID-19 to appendicitis. And, people should be seen," said Frederick Millham, MD, Chief of Surgery at South Shore Health, in an interview with the Patriot Ledger. “The hospital has always been a very safe place, and it’s a safe place now.”

South Shore Health’s surgical program remained open throughout the pandemic for emergencies such as traumas and cancer-related surgeries.

We’ve also completed many urgent cases, where patients would have experienced adverse effects if surgical intervention were delayed.

Going forward, our providers will update patients on plans for rescheduling their elective surgery or other procedures that were put on hold.

Patients and families should not hesitate to reach out to their provider with any questions they may have.

Read more in the Patriot Ledger.