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Oct 24, 2022

Day-Surgery Elective patients will no longer require a pre-operative COVID-19 swab

After consultation with Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and following an environmental scan of practices at surrounding organizations, Headwaters’ elective day surgery patients will no longer require pre-operative COVID-19 swabs. This change will be effective as of October 31, 2022.

COVID-19 swabbing will continue to be done pre-operatively for the following patients:
  • Same day surgical admits
  • Obstetrical patients
In addition, swabs should be done pre-operatively for any patients with COVID-19 symptoms and/or based on screening results done in Day Surgery. Swabs can also continue to be done at the discretion of the physician.

A reminder that COVID-19 testing for pre-operative patients will continue to take place in a dedicated space in the Ambulatory Care wing at the hospital. 

Surgical and Obstetrical patients requiring pre-operative testing will be accepted for swabs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 0900-1300 on a walk-in basis in Ambulatory Care. Swabs should continue to be performed three days in advance of surgery, or as close to that as possible according to clinic hours.

Surgeons and Specialists offices will be connecting with their patients directly.

Thank you for your continued patience and support throughout this pandemic and moving forward.
The Surgical Services and Infection Prevention and Control teams.