After gradually beginning to phase in imaging services on May 11, all of Southeastern Med’s imaging services reopened on Monday, May 18.
“A month ago, when we were ordered to cease elective imaging, it was like turning off a switch,” noted Ron Cobb, Southeastern Med director of Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging, CVP Lab Services, Endoscopy, and Cardiovascular Services. “Resuming these services is not going to be as quick and easy because we want to ensure the utmost safety every step of the way.
Patients scheduled for imaging procedures should expect some changes in how the process progresses, including:
- Patients are now required to report for their exam alone unless they are unable to do so. Visitors must wait in their cars and they will be called when the exam is complete.
- Patients will have their temperature taken and will be asked questions about possible exposure to COVID-19. These questions will be asked during the scheduling call and then again before imaging begins.
- All patients will be masked at all times.
“Patients should understand that we are taking every precaution,” said Cobb. “All associates will be wearing full protective equipment, including N95 masks and gloves, and we do an extremely thorough cleaning of all rooms and equipment in between patients. We want to keep this as safe as possible for everyone.”
If you have any questions about whether you should schedule or reschedule your imaging procedure, please call your physician.