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COVID-19 Testing for Surgical Patients

COVID-19 Testing Required Prior to Surgical Procedures

Hospitals and medical offices are now permitted to see patients for all types of care, including elective surgery. We have been working hard to keep you safe. In order for your surgery to occur as planned, a mandatory COVID-19 test must be completed 4-5 days prior to surgery.

GBMC HealthCare is pleased to resume surgical procedures for its community. To protect your health and minimize the risk of inadvertent spread of coronavirus, we ask that you do the following:
  • Complete pre-surgical COVID-19 testing 4 to 5 days prior to surgery. As always, your safety and health are our highest priorities. A member of our team will contact you to ask you about symptoms and schedule you for COVID-19 testing in our Procedural Testing Center prior to surgery, even if you do not show symptoms consistent with the virus. This is a precautionary measure to ensure safety. If your COVID result is delayed or anything other than negative, your surgical procedure will be rescheduled.
  • Between your COVID-19 test and the date of your surgery, wear a mask, make necessary trips only (medical care and work), maintain appropriate physical distance from others, avoid gatherings of 10 people or more, and continue proper handwashing. This applies to the person who will be bringing you to and from surgery as well (see attached GBMC Pre-Procedure Educational Sheet for more information)
  • Check for symptoms daily prior to surgery and notify us if you have any of the CDC listed symptoms.
We would also like to assure you that the GBMC Procedural Testing Center is taking multiple precautions to protect people and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • All patients, providers, and staff members have their temperature checked upon arrival and must wear masks. Patients with symptoms will not be tested.
  • Space has been rearranged to allow for social distancing. There are physical barriers in place, and in some cases, family members may be asked to wait in their vehicles.
  • Extensive cleaning of all work spaces and patient areas is performed between encounters and throughout the day.
Thank you for choosing GBMC HealthCare for your surgical procedure. Our team looks forward to caring for you.

John L. Flowers, MD, FACS
Chairman, Department of Surgery

Pre-Procedure Education Sheet

COVID-19 Testing Policies for Patients

  • 4 to 5 days before your scheduled surgery, a mandatory COVID-19 test must be completed
  • The GBMC Health Partners Call Center will reach out to you to set up an appointment date/time to have this test completed.
  • After the test is complete, wear a mask, make necessary trips only (medical care and work), maintain appropriate physical distance from others, avoid gatherings of 10 people or more, and continue proper handwashing.
  • Check for symptoms daily prior to your surgery and notify your surgeon if you have any of the following: Fever = 38.0 C (100 F) in the last 24 hours; New respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat); Chills; Muscle pain; New loss of taste or smell
  • A positive test result will cause a cancellation of your surgery. It is important that, if you receive a call from GBMC in the days prior to your surgery, you answer our call.

COVID-19 Pre-Procedure Requirements

  • Between the time of your test and the time of arrival to the hospital for your procedure/ surgery, make necessary trips only, such as to get medical care or go to work
  • Separate yourself from other people living in your home and avoid gatherings of 10 people or more
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a face mask when around others in your home, when around other people outside your home, or if you feel sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneeze and clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items and use a separate bathroom in your home if feasible
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces every day
  • Monitor your symptoms and notify your provider if you exhibit any of the above noted symptoms
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency


  • Your safety is our highest priority. As a result, when you arrive at GBMC on your day of surgery, you will be asked to stop at our temperature screening desk prior to arriving at the Procedural or Operating Room location. You will be given a mask and we request that you wear the mask during your stay at GBMC.
  • Your surgical team is committed to your health and will use personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout your care at GBMC.

GBMC Visiting Policy in Procedural Areas

  • Due to Governor Hogan’s executive order which prohibits visitation in hospitals, outpatient surgery, patients may no longer have a visitor accompany them to the Procedural or Operating Room location. Visitors will wait in their car for the duration of the surgery. Please note: with your permission, your surgeon/provider will contact your family member after surgery to advise them on what was done and share any pertinent findings. When you are ready to be discharged, the recovery nurse will contact your primary support person to review discharge instructions and will direct them where to move the vehicle to meet you and your nurse for pick-up.
  • The same restrictions are in place for patients who will be admitted to the hospital after their surgery. Your surgeon will still call your primary support person (with your permission) to review how the procedure/surgery went and share any pertinent findings. Visitors may not accompany or visit the patient at the inpatient areas.
  • For pediatric and disabled patients, one family member or necessary support person may accompany the patient in Pre-op, PACU, and Phase 2 area.
  • Patients who require a Power of Attorney will have that individual as their one family member. This family member will be brought to the Pre-op bay for consent of procedure, and will then return to their vehicle.
  • Special consideration will be granted on a case-by-case basis for life-threatening or comfort care cases.

Directions to Procedural Testing Center

From Osler Drive

Turn onto Campus View Drive at traffic signal and proceed uphill following signs for Pavilion North. Continue straight at first stop sign. Make next right onto Chapman Drive. Turn left into the Procedural Testing Center parking lot.

From Charles Street off of 695

Proceed past the GBMC Main Entrance and make your next left onto Gatehouse Dr. (the Sheppard Pratt Campus). Proceed on the main road, following signs for Pavilion North (second left). Turn left into the Procedural Testing Center parking lot.

From the GBMC Main Entrance on Charles Street

Turn left at the fork and proceed past the GBMC Emergency Department. Continue up the hill and follow the road as it curves to the left. Turn right into the Procedural Testing Center parking lot, directly across the street from Pavilion North.

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