UCLA Urology wants to let our patients know that we are doing everything possible to ensure your health and safety at this unusual time. As you know, risks to the public for the disease known as COVID-19 are significant. Local, state, and federal authorities have advised “social distancing” and restricted use of “elective surgery” in order to reduce the spread of the virus and maintain our hospital’s capacity to care for our community members. In response, we are scheduling or rescheduling many clinic visits as “telehealth visits,” which can be conducted from home. These visits are billed to insurance just as in-person visits are, but reduce the risks of violating social distancing recommendations in our waiting rooms. This in turn will reduce the risk of transmission for all of our patients while still allowing us to provide you with the best urological care.
We are also acting under the direction of UCLA Health leadership to reschedule elective surgeries that can safely be delayed for a few months. We will request special permission to schedule any new surgeries. We are not sure how long these restrictions will be necessary, but we expect they will be necessary for a few months. Our faculty are as eager as our patients to return to routine surgical scheduling, and we will be normalizing the surgical schedule as soon as it is safe for everyone.
Please remember that we value your trust in us with your health, and we will continue to help you to optimize it. In the meantime, wash your hands frequently, avoid crowds, and stay in if you feel ill. If you develop symptoms that you think might be related to COVID-19, telephone your primary care doctor for instructions. For more information on COVID-19 Coronavirus >