To provide you with the best care and to ensure the wellbeing of those caring for you, all people coming to Peter Mac for surgery must undergo a COVID-19 test.
You will be asked to attend Peter Mac or another approved site for this test - your liaison nurse will provide advice about the testing site closest to you. Do not attend a drive-through COVID-19 testing site.
The test must be done within the period of seven days before your surgery.
You are asked to self-isolate while you await your test result. If you test positive for COVID-19 your surgery will need to be delayed until you no longer carry the virus.
If you are negative - and to avoid a potential delay of your surgery - it is best if possible to limit your contact with others and avoid high-traffic locations like supermarkets.
Social distancing, regular hand washing and mask wearing will reduce your chance of catching the virus. If you develop any symptoms in the days before your surgery please inform your liaison nurse.
On the day of your surgery you’ll be asked questions to ensure you remain well, and you must show proof of your recent (within seven days) negative COVID-19 test result.
A text message from a drive-through testing site is not sufficient proof of a negative result. That’s why it is important to be tested at Peter Mac, or another approved testing site.
By following these steps you can ensure your surgery is not delayed, and help to keep Peter Mac and its staff safe from the virus.
- Have a COVID-19 test at Peter Mac, or another approved site, in the seven days before your surgery.
- Self-isolate while awaiting your test result, and limit contact with others ahead of your surgery to avoid a delay.
- On the day of your surgery, you’ll be asked for evidence of your negative result.