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March 23, 2020

Hospital delaying elective and non-urgent procedures

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“Patients whose appointments are being rescheduled will be notified, and procedures will be rescheduled as soon as feasible,” Fauquier Health says in a press release.
Because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Fauquier Hospital announced Monday morning that it will reschedule elective and non-urgent surgical cases and reschedule all non-urgent outpatient services the next four weeks.

Fauquier Health issued this press release:


Rescheduling Non-Urgent Surgical Cases and Outpatient Services

Fauquier Health continues to adapt to meet the clinical needs of our communities during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and through this, we remain committed to providing high quality care and protecting the health and safety of our patients, employees, physicians and community at large. We have been working closely with the Virginia Health Department and Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An important element to our preparedness is minimizing the risk of exposure in any way we can, as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation and prepare for what the next few weeks may hold.

Given this, Fauquier Health has made the difficult, but necessary, decision to reschedule elective and non-urgent surgical cases and reschedule all non-urgent outpatient services, when deemed clinically appropriate, for the next 4 weeks or after April 23. Patients whose appointments are being rescheduled will be notified, and procedures will be rescheduled as soon as feasible. We are confident that this important operational decision will help minimize the spread of illness by limiting unnecessary contact between patients and providers.

The trust our community places in us is so important. We want to assure our community that it is safe to come to our hospital should you or a family member need care. Our providers and clinical teams are well-trained and prepared to safely respond to viruses and infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to do everything we can to prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19 on our community. For more information about hospital preparedness, please visit our website at FauquierHealth.org. For more information about COVID- 19, please contact the Virginia State Health Department who has established a dedicated phone line, 1-877-ASK-VDH3, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

As a reminder, if you are concerned you are experiencing respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and plan to visit our hospital, your primary care provider or an urgent clinic, please call ahead before you go and let them know that you are experiencing symptoms that may possibly be related to COVID-19. This will allow providers to properly prepare for your visit and take the necessary precautions to keep others from being infected or exposed. If you are having a medical emergency, you should call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Room. If possible, notify the dispatch agent that your emergency involves symptoms possibly related to COVID-19.

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Gerald_Wall · April 6, 2020 at 7:57 am
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badelectronics · March 24, 2020 at 8:30 am
@Save.... "Will the ortho surgeons and their PAs go to hospital to lend a hand in the care?"

Yes, I believe they will.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · March 23, 2020 at 1:53 pm
Will the ortho surgeons and their PAs go to hospital to lend a hand in the care?
FalconDad · March 23, 2020 at 1:06 pm
NO! Fauquier Hospital, This is NOT a “difficult” decision! It should have an Easy decision to cancel non-urgent surgeries. Choose your words better! I assumed you halted non-urgent surgeries and services a week ago!
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