MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA)—Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center said they have not done an elective surgery since mid-March. Staff is monitoring the situation closely to determine when they can start again.
Things like knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder repairs, and a lot of ear, nose and throat surgeries still aren’t happening. This decision was made to free up beds for patients who may have COVID-19 and to preserve personal protective equipment for medical workers.
For now surgeries are only done for patients who would be harmed if they didn’t get them done. The Director of Public Relations and Marketing said they don’t have a specific time-frame for starting them again. They are keeping in touch with patients and the community to let them know when they are able to reschedule.