Chairman of the Suffolk County Committee on Health, Suffolk County Legislator Dr. William Spencer, will be joined by local medical professionals and surgeons to discuss the reopening of elective surgeries to the region’s residents after COVID-19 caused tens-of-thousands of surgeries to be cancelled.
Suffolk & Nassau Counties are the first in the downstate region to allow elective surgeries again, in regions dramatically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Surgeries considered “non-essential” have been halted for over two months to ensure an adequate number of beds and medical staff were available to handle the flood of COVID-19 cases.
Officials will discuss new guidelines, precautions to be taken for COVID-negative patients at ambulatory medical facilities, and what this means for individuals whose procedures have been on hold for nearly three months. Doctors will also detail health complications related faced by patients who have had their healthcare needs placed on hold by the restrictions.
Attending the conference will be Chairman of the Suffolk County Legislature Committee on Health, William R. Spencer; Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., FACS; and Dr. David Buchin, Long Island Obesity Surgery, Director of Bariatric Surgery, Northwell Health-Huntington Hospital.
The conference will be held on Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. at Legislator Spencer’s office, 224 Wall Street, Huntington.