Pandemic forces St. Mary’s to postpone some procedures

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital is postponing some elective procedures and surgeries due to the pandemic, according to an email the Jefferson City Hospital sent to customers on Wednesday.

The decision to postpone the procedures comes as “nurses, staff and facilities are under strain”, according to the email. “Your doctor’s office will contact you if your procedure is affected,” he said.

The hospital continues to limit inpatients to one designated visitor per day, with the exception of Pediatrics (which is allowed two support visitors per day) and the Blessed Beginnings Family Birth Center (which also receives two designated visitors for length of stay).

“It is safe to come to our clinics for care,” the email reads. “We are following all infection prevention protocols in our primary care and specialty care offices. Please wear a mask when visiting any of our clinics and practice social distancing with other patients in our waiting rooms. “

Patients may experience longer than normal wait times if they try to reach providers by phone, the email says. He offers to register Mongraph, the inpatient portal, is a great way to communicate with provider offices and receive important patient health information.

“Due to high volumes, our access to appointments at some practices is limited,” the email reads. “If you have a scheduled appointment and you can no longer keep that appointment, please notify the practice by phone or MyChart.”

Anyone who needs a COVID-19 test, but does not have symptoms, is asked not to go to the hospital emergency room. Rather go to Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website for a list of asymptomatic testing locations in the community, or to order a test to be shipped to your home.

People with mild symptoms of COVID-19 who seek medical attention are encouraged to make an appointment with their primary care provider or take a virtual tour.

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