Mayo Clinic to defer elective care for 8 weeks

Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System is deferring all elective care that can be deferred for eight or more weeks, according to a press release Tuesday, March 17.

“Mayo Clinic continues to actively monitor all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. The safety of our patients, staff and community remains our highest priority. As part of Mayo Clinic’s response, we have carefully evaluated the readiness of our facilities, personnel, capacity and supply availability, and assessed community transmission within our regions,” said Dr. Amy Williams, Dean of the Practice, Mayo Clinic. “Based on this review, Mayo Clinic will defer all elective care that can be deferred for eight or more weeks.This will include both elective surgeries, procedures and office visits. Semi-urgent, urgent and emergency care will continue in clinic and hospital settings.”

The deferment will be effective March 23 at all Mayo Clinic locations nationwide, including Mayo Clinic Health System.

Williams said the decision is being made to ensure the safest possible environment for patients and staff and to free up resources to assist in Mayo Clinic’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She added that staff working in impacted areas will be redeployed where needed most.

Hospital staff will reach out to patients to update them if changes to their appointments are needed.

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