The Commonwealth of Kentucky has put together a plan to slowly re-open the economy. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) continues to follow the recommendations of Governor Andy Beshear as they begin to re-open medical services for the community.

One of the first areas to re-open is the surgery department. Special measures are being made with a focus on safety.

PMC’s temporary visitation policy is still in place. Family members are currently not allowed in the facility with a patient for outpatient surgery unless the patient is less than 18 years of age.

For all scheduled surgical procedures, patients are required to undergo a COVID-19 test prior to the procedure. They are also required to self-quarantine after the test until their surgery is completed.

Patients will need a designated driver on their surgery day. Their driver will be asked to remain in the vehicle for the duration of the procedure. Staff will be available at the 3rd-floor parking garage entrance if needed for assistance or updates on the patient’s procedure.

Information will be collected, upon arrival, to identify the designated drivers’ vehicle make, model, color, and their phone number. The driver will receive a numbered tag that must be placed on the vehicle for patient discharge identification.

Staff will also enter the driver’s telephone number into the tracking board system allowing them to receive updates on the procedure. If drivers do not have a cell phone and would like an update, staff will be available to call and get updates for them.

When the procedure is complete and the patient has recovered, the driver will be called and directed to a designated parking space. Staff will bring the patient to the vehicle, where discharge instructions will be discussed.

Again, these measures are designed to keep patients, visitors and staff safe during this ongoing pandemic.

For additional information regarding surgical procedures, call 606-218-3500.