After Sedgwick County officials announced its temporary suspension of asymptomatic testing for COVID-19, that led to some confusion among patients who were told that they needed to have a pre-surgical test for the virus.
"We're hearing from physician offices that they're getting calls from asymptomatic patients scheduled for elective procedures who think this means that they don't need to be tested for COVID-19," says Abby Maclaskey, who manages Surgical Services at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph. "That is not the case."
Ascension Via Christi continues to offer pre-surgical COVID-19 testing at St. Joseph for patients coming to its Wichita hospitals for elective procedures. Patients scheduled for surgery should have a letter providing instructions of when and where to go for their testing. If patients have questions, they should contact the surgeon or specialist performing their procedure.