Los Angeles,
07
May
2020
|
04:01 PM
America/Los_Angeles

Cedars-Sinai Begins Scheduling New, Postponed Appointments

Cedars-Sinai has resumed scheduling new and postponed appointments and procedures based on guidance from county and state health authorities.

To ensure patient safety, the medical center is continuing or instituting a number of precautionary measures. Precautions include:

  • Temperature screenings
  • Face masks
  • Hand sanitization
  • Separating patients with COVID-19 symptoms from other patients.

To support physical distancing and keep patients and staff safe at this time, Cedars-Sinai is not allowing a companion to accompany a patient to an appointment. There are limited exceptions and companions who are allowed must pass a health screening, including a temperature check.

The precautions are in effect at all Cedars-Sinai offices, clinics and surgery centers.

"We are proceeding with caution, putting the health and safety of our patients and staff first," said Jeffrey A. Smith, MD, JD, MMM, Executive Vice President of Hospital Operations and Chief Operating Officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "We are in the process of reaching out to our patients to determine the best next steps in their treatments."

Cedars-Sinai urgent care locations remain open for all patients. Patients should visit the emergency room if they are experiencing life-threatening symptoms.

"We want patients to know that it is important to not delay their healthcare, especially for those with chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, orthopedic injuries, heart disease and cancer," said John E. Jenrette, MD, Executive Vice President, Cedars-Sinai Medical Network. "Even if they are reluctant to leave their homes, our patients can schedule video visits through the My CS-Link app or by calling their physician's office or 1-800-CEDARS-1."