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Urology Patient Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What You Need to Know
07 May 2021

Dr. Kalyan Kumat discusses COVID-19 testing before your urological procedure. He also answers your questions about precautions and policies the Urolife Urological Clinic has in place to help protect staff and patients. 

“These days, because of concerns around COVID-19, some people are hesitating to make appointments for medical care they need,” Dr.Kalyan Kumar says. “They are worried that a trip to the doctor’s office might expose them to the coronavirus.”

But urological health problems aren’t taking a back seat to the coronavirus. And waiting too long to be seen by your doctor could cause a minor problem to turn into something more serious.

“If you’re dealing with a painful kidney stone or other urological problem, or if it’s time for your regular screening, you should see your doctor,” says Dr. Kalyan Kumar.  

Here’s everything patients should know about seeing our urologist:

Do urology patients need a COVID-19 test?

If you are having urologic surgery at the hospital or a procedure at any of our ambulatory surgical centers, such as Green Spring Station, we require a test for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. You do not need to be tested before an office visit that does not involve a procedure or surgery. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your doctor.

Why do I need to have a coronavirus test before my urologic procedure?

As part of our commitment to keeping everyone safe and reducing the spread of COVID-19, Urolife Urology Clinic has procedures and policies in place to help protect you as well as all our patients and staff. We require a COVID-19 test because your urologic procedure involves close contact between you and your practitioner. Knowing your COVID-19 status before you arrive is essential for us so we can provide the care you need while protecting staff members and other patients.

When do I need to be tested for COVID-19?

The test needs to be done within 72 hours of your procedure, but no less than one day before, so that your results will be in your medical record (Epic) before we begin.

What happens if my COVID-19 test is positive?

Unless your doctor believes it is urgent to proceed with your procedure, we will postpone it until you are better. We will also recommend next steps for you in seeking treatment for COVID-19.

Can I bring a family member or friend with me to my appointment?

Urolife Urological Clinic’s visitor guidelines are being updated as we monitor and respond to the spread of the coronavirus and potential COVID-19 surges in our area.

For now, in general, outpatients are asked to come alone to their appointments, but certain exceptions may apply to you. If you require assistance because of a disability, or if you are undergoing urology surgery or treatment at our clinic for longer than one day, you may be able to have a care partner accompany you.

How We Are Protecting Our Staff

  • Each employee is screened every day, and asked about symptoms and exposure to anyone infected with the coronavirus.
  • Health care practitioners and office staff members wear personal protective equipment, including medical grade masks and face shields, according to Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control regulations.
  • We have marked spaces at our clinics to maintain appropriate physical distancing. To avoid direct contact between staff members and patients, plexiglass screens have been installed at check-in and checkout.
  • Patients thought to have COVID-19 are cared for in isolation rooms with appropriate protocols.

The Urolife Urological Clinic: We Have Your Safety Covered

We Have Your Safety Covered

When you arrive for your appointment, you can count on these precautions to help keep you safe from the coronavirus:

  • Masks and protective equipment.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Testing and screening.
  • Physical distancing. 

Thank you for helping us keep you and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We appreciate your support of our policies, and we look forward to treating you.

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