Southeast Health cancels all elective, urgent outpatient surgeries due to record number of COVID-19 patients

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Southeast Health is canceling its elective and urgent care outpatient surgeries and procedures.

This is due to the rising number of covid-19 patients, which reached an all-time high of 75 inpatients Tuesday.

“As a result, there is now an unusually high number of patients holding in the emergency department and throughout the hospital awaiting beds,” Director of Community Relations Mark Stewart wrote. “To help manage this surge, additional operational changes are being implemented. These changes include canceling of all elective and urgent outpatient surgeries and procedures. (gastroenterology (GI), neuro, pulmonary, heart and vascular and special procedures).”

Procedures will continue on an emergency basis only. These changes will be in effect from Dec. 30, 2020, through Jan. 11, 2021.

Services will not be suspended in other outpatient areas like  radiology, lab, and rehab services. The Southeast Health Medical Group clinics will not be affected and will continue normal operations at this time.

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