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COVID-19 and what to expect before surgery

Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming procedure or are expecting to be soon, know that we’re doing everything we can to keep you safe. This means taking extra precautions, like testing all presurgical patients for COVID-19.

Our priority is protecting the health and well-being of our patients, communities and staff. That’s why we’re taking precautions in all of our facilities, including masking, social distancing, deep-cleaning — and testing all patients for COVID-19 prior to their scheduled surgery or procedure.

Here’s what you can expect:

As we work to reschedule and resume non-emergency surgeries, someone will contact you to get your procedure scheduled. During the call, they’ll ask you a few extra questions to rule out the possibility that you’ve been exposed to the virus.

Then, we’ll schedule another appointment for you to be tested for COVID-19 at one of our pre-surgery testing sites about 48 hours before your surgery or procedure. 

For your convenience, several testing sites have been set up and instructions will be provided to you either in person or over the phone, as well as in your appointment reminder. 

Between your COVID-19 test and your procedure, while you're waiting for your test results, there are 2 important things to do:

  • Avoid any contact with people other than your immediate household members.
  • Tell your provider if you come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Here’s a list of our presurgical COVID-19 testing locations. Note that these locations are not for routine COVID-19 testing — only those who have received instructions from their doctor to have a COVID-19 test before an upcoming surgical procedure and have a scheduled appointment may be tested at these locations:

Geisinger COVID-19 hotline

570-284-3657

Call our 24/7 hotline for answers about care recommendations and more.

Visit Geisinger’s Coronavirus Resource Center for the latest information and helpful resources.

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Geisinger Medical Center 
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822

Hours: Daily: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tent is located near the emergency room entrance. Drive under the canopy 5 minutes before the scheduled appointment time. Two staff members will come to your car to register and collect your specimen — no need to park or exit your vehicle.
 
Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital
Ressler Center
4203 Hospital Road
Coal Township, PA 17866

Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
No Thursday testing

Testing is located near the hospital’s Ressler Center. At the intersection of the hospital entrance, continue straight. Follow signs for “Presurgical screening.” Signs will be placed near the Ressler Entrance indicating where you should park. Two staff members will come to your car to register and collect your specimen — no need to exit your vehicle.

Geisinger Medical Group
6 Wildflower Drive, Suite 120
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Hours: Daily: 8 a.m. –  6 p.m.

When you enter the site, park in the area designated for presurgical patients, which is straight ahead. When you reach the building entrance, enter through the door designated for presurgical patients. A member of our team will register you for your test.

Geisinger Outpatient Lab
3 W. Olive St., Suite 120
Scranton, PA 18508

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 6:30 – 3 p.m. 

Testing is located in Geisinger Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in suite 120. When you enter the clinic, a staff member will greet you at the door and register you for your test.

Geisinger Gray’s Woods 
132 Abigail Lane
Port Matilda, PA 16870

Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

No Thursday testing

Drive under the canopy 5 minutes before the scheduled appointment time.
Two staff members will come to your car to register and collect your specimen — no need to park or exit your vehicle.

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
400 Highland Ave.
Lewistown, PA 17044

Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

No Thursday testing


Drive under the canopy 5 minutes before the scheduled appointment time.
Two staff members will come to your car to register and collect your specimen — no need to park or exit your vehicle.

Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital
102 Thompson St. (first floor)
Jersey Shore, PA 17740 

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – noon

Sunday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Park and enter through the emergency room entrance. Sign in at the registration desk and you will be directed to the collection location.

Print testing information in PDF format

The day before your procedure

The day before your procedure, we’ll contact you by phone to ask you a few questions to rule out the possibility that you’ve been exposed to the virus.

  1. Have you had contact with a person who is known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last month?
  2. Do you have a new-onset cough?
  3. Do you have new-onset shortness of breath?
  4. Are you experiencing flu-like illness?
  5. Do you have a recent loss of taste or smell
  6. Have you been tested for COVID-19? If so, have you received your test results?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, your procedure may be delayed for at least 14 days.

If you are a resident of a nursing home or correctional facility, you can expect to be asked the following additional questions:

  • Are there positive COVID-19 cases at your facility?
  • Are COVID-positive patients being separated from everyone else?
  • Are all people masked?

The day of your procedure

When you arrive at the hospital or surgical center, we’ll greet you at the entrance and ask you the same screening questions to rule out the possibility that you’ve been exposed to the virus.

We’ll also take your temperature using a no-contact infrared thermometer.

If you answer yes to any of these questions or have a fever, your procedure may be delayed for at least 14 days.

Frequently asked questions

Is the presurgical COVID-19 testing free, or will my insurance be billed?
We will bill your insurance for your presurgical testing.

Will I have to pay a copay or deductible for COVID-19 pre-surgical testing?
There will be no cost-sharing for this test — no copays or deductibles and no charge for self-pay patients.

Will my insurance cover this test?
Yes, your insurance will cover presurgical COVID-19 testing.

Why is my surgeon ordering this test? 
As the region’s leading healthcare provider, we have a responsibility to protect our Geisinger family members, patients and visitors and support the overall health of our community while also providing needed care.

If my test is positive, what do I do next?
Contact your primary care provider (PCP), who will tell you how to manage COVID-19 symptoms, as needed. You’ll also need to contact your surgeon’s office to reschedule your procedure.

When can I expect my results?
The results of your pre-surgery COVID-19 test will be available within 12 to 48 hours. If you have a myGeisinger account or the MyChart app, you can get test results, messaging and education on COVID-19 right on your mobile device. Your physician will review your results before your surgery or procedure.

What is your visitor policy?
We know that sometimes it’s crucial to have a visitor or family member accompany you for your surgery or while you recover.

One designated visitor will be allowed for patients undergoing surgery or procedures.

Additionally, two visitors will be allowed for:

  • Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity 
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays and caregiver provides safety 
  • Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care 

Approved visitors are subject to the following guidelines:

  • Visitors must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Visitors must bring a form of identification with them. 
  • Visitors will be screened (including a temperature check) and must not have symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, a recent loss of taste or smell, or flu-like illness. 
  • Visitors must not currently have COVID-19.
  • Visitors who previously had COVID-19 must be symptom-free for at least 14 days. 
  • Visitors must wear a mask at all times while in the facility.
  • Visitors must follow social (physical) distancing guidelines of staying at least 6 feet from other individuals
  • Visitors must wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering and after leaving the patient’s room.
  • Visitors must use the same entrance for arriving and leaving the facility.
  • Visitors will only be permitted in designated areas.
  • Visitors must have a mobile phone with them during their visit and provide the phone number at registration.

View our full temporary visitor policy here.