Elective Surgeries and Procedures Update

Earlier this week, California Public Health amended its order to postpone elective surgeries and procedures. Effective today, Wednesday January 27, Torrance Memorial reopened elective outpatient procedures for patients in Tier 1 and 2 of the Elective Surgery Acuity Scale. Proceduralists will notify patients and begin rescheduling previously postponed surgeries and procedures.

It is very important to us that all patients feel comfortable and safe while accessing the health services and care Torrance Memorial provides. We will continue with all the safety measures implemented over the past several months, including testing patients for COVID prior to surgery.

Urgent and emergent procedures will continue as needed.

What Are We Doing to Keep Our Surgical Patients Safe:

  • Mandatory Daily Screening and Temperature Checks – Every person who enters our facility goes through a daily screening and temperature check.
  • Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Each staff member on a patient’s care team has the proper PPE to ensure patient and staff safety. We have ample supply of all the necessary PPE required for any medical or surgical need.
  • Isolation of COVID Patients – We have implemented strict isolation practices to separate COVID-19 patients from other patients in our care.
  • Extensive Training -- Our physicians, nurses and ancillary care team members have clinical training and experience in infectious disease prevention and follow strict protocols for maintaining a safe patient environment.
  • No Visitor Policy – In accordance with CDC guidelines to protect our patients and staff, no visitors will be allowed in any inpatient areas until further notice with the exceptions below:
    • Pediatrics and NICU: One parent/guardian per patient at a time will be allowed after screening.
    • Labor and Delivery: One visitor per patient at a time will be allowed after screening.
    • Compassionate Care: Visitors may be allowed at the discretion of our care teams. Limited to no more than two visitors at a time.
  • Infection Prevention Distancing – We have implemented many physical distancing measures throughout the hospital and our physician offices.
  • Cleaning and Maintenance – Torrance Memorial follows CDC protocols for cleaning and disinfecting all patient and treatment areas. Rooms are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between patients.

Surgery Preparation Checklist

What You Can Do To Keep Yourself Safe:

  • Follow your physician's pre and post-operative instructions.
  • Wear a mask, both here at the hospital and at home.
  • Follow the CDC's guidelines for self-quarantining before and after surgery.
  • Plan ahead for all post-surgical medical support.
  • Wash your hands, continue social distancing, clean and disinfect frequently touched surface.

Pre-Procedure COVID-19 Testing Site

  • Lab staff will call you to schedule an appointment
  • Physician order and appointment time required
  • No walk-in service available
  • Please arrive on time
  • Wear a mask or face covering

McMillen Medical Building
3333 Skypark Drive, Suite 160
Torrance, CA 90505