COVID-19 has impacted how Stoughton Health is operating but the hospital remains ready to assist the community with their emergent healthcare needs. While it remains important that the public call ahead to their doctors if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the staff in the Stoughton Hospital emergency department are able to safely treat patients with urgent healthcare issues. If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, stroke or other serious medical event, come to the emergency department or call 911.
Additionally, Stoughton Health will slowly resume patient procedures that were postponed at the onset of this crisis. The postponement of these procedures and non-urgent surgeries was taken with the health and safety of patients and staff in mind. That same patient focus is exactly why Stoughton Health is now making plans to safely increase the access to vital services.
Postponements cannot continue indefinitely for most patients, and the urgency or necessity of procedures require that we move to accommodate patient needs to avoid complications and improve their quality of life. Additionally, our improved COVID-19 testing capabilities and pre-op screening process further improves safety for patients and staff.
Requirements for social distancing, self-monitoring and PPE conservation remain in place and are not expected to change in the coming days. While the COVID-19 response will continue, we have the ability to safely address more of our patients’ health care needs than we did a few weeks ago, and that is a positive development.