With a focus on ensuring patient and staff safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lincoln County Medical Center has resumed performing non-essential procedures. Primary and specialty care is also available at LCMC, with additional safety precautions in place such as masks, hand hygiene requirements and social distancing in common areas.
Non-essential procedures are surgeries that do not need to be performed within a specific amount of time. They could include gall bladder surgeries, shoulder replacements or outpatient procedures such as some colonoscopies.
“Our top priority is to provide our patients and staff with a safe environment where we can perform surgeries that had been postponed due to COVID-19,” said Dr. Stephen Otero, medical director, Lincoln County Medical Center. “We are working closely with patients to ensure they are comfortable before their procedure.”
To meet the
State of New Mexico’s requirements, procedures that may require blood transfusions, Intensive Care Unit admissions or post-acute care may still be postponed.
“This delay has been hard on patients, many of whom have experienced pain and discomfort while waiting for surgeries to resume,” said Dr. Otero. “We are here to provide the care our community needs, and now it will be in our brand new facility."
What patients can expect
- Surgical patients will be tested for COVID-19 before a procedure and screened when they arrive.
- Additional information for all patients about COVID-19, including the need to wear a mask, maintain hand hygiene and social distancing and avoid touching face, eyes, nose and mouth, will be provided.
- Our COVID-19 visitor policy remains in place. To protect our patients and workforce, visitors are not allowed on campuses. Patients who need support after surgery will be escorted to vehicles.
- Many clinic appointments can be transitioned to phone or video visits, but patients can also seek care in person. Patients who visit our clinics will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, asked to wear a mask and remain six feet away from others in common areas.