What to Expect

Thank you for selecting Emory Healthcare for your upcoming surgery/procedure. You have always known Emory Healthcare to deliver high-quality care and patient safety. And, in response to COVID-19, we are taking extraordinary steps to maintain these standards.

Below is what patients can expect:

  • Before your surgery/procedure, if anesthesia is planned, your physician will arrange for a COVID-19 test for you. 
  • We ask that patients self-quarantine between the date of your COVID-19 test and your procedure. If you must go out, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands often.
  • If you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms prior to your procedure (such as fever, cough, fatigue, body aches), contact your provider right away. 
  • During all face-to-face interactions with your care team, you and anyone accompanying you to assist with registration will be asked to wear a mask. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
  • You are allowed to bring one person with you to drop you off and assist you during registration. Once registration is complete, your visitor will need to leave the facility.
  • No visitors are allowed to stay or wait inside the facility.
  • During check-in, we will confirm phone numbers to reach your family member(s), caregiver, or loved ones so we can provide updates. They will receive information about how to contact your care team as well.
  • Your physician and nurses will communicate with the identified person(s) by phone. Your nurse will coordinate your discharge plans and notify them when it is time to pick you up.
  • If you are admitted to the hospital following your procedure, your care team will maintain communication with one identified person of your choice.
  • Any belongings that you bring with you will be given to Security to be locked up and returned to you or an identified person at your request.

Please discuss any special needs with your care team. We are committed to ensuring you and your loved ones have the information you need.