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May 25, 2020

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Bluffton Hospital will test all patients coming for scheduled surgeries, procedures

Change from previous practice

Bluffton Hospital has initiated COVID-19 testing for all patients coming to the hospital for scheduled surgeries and procedures. 

This is a change from the previous practice of testing only those exhibiting symptoms of the disease and referred by their primary care physicians.

The hours of operation for pre-surgery and procedure swabbing at Bluffton Hospital follows:
• Mondays through Fridays – 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Weekends – 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Persons need to contact their physician to schedule a pre-surgery or procedure swabbing.

At the Bluffton Hospital, the drive-up swabbing location will move from the Garau Street entrance to the Emergency Room entrance, under the awning. Orange traffic cones and signs will direct patients, in order to safely accommodate emergency medical service traffic. 

For all admissions, patients entering the hospital will be asked to wear a mask or be provided one at the front desk. 

The testing for all patients also affects Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. The testing center entrance on the Blanchard Valley Hospital campus remains the same, at 1900 S. Main St., Findlay.

For more information and visitor guidelines, please visit bvhealthsystem.org.