Why on-time routine health screenings matter

04.30.2021

Did you skip your routine mammogram or skin check last year? If so, it's time to give yourself the green light to schedule your preventive screenings now.
 
Regular screenings, such as colonoscopies, mammograms and lung scans are as important as ever for your health. The same is true for routine heart screenings, Pap smears, prostate checks and other exams.
 
A delay in health screenings due to COVID-19 safety concerns can cause more harm than good. That's because diseases like cancer and heart problems don't wait. It's better to detect a problem early when more treatment options are available than to let a health issue go undetected and advance to become more serious.
 
Plenty of safety precautions are in place at your health care provider’s office to minimize your risk of exposure to germs. By most standards, it's safer to go to your doctor's office than to the grocery store or just about any place else these days.

What to expect

Here's what you need to know about safety precautions before and during a screening at Goshen Health.
 
You do not need to get a COVID-19 test prior to your screening appointment however, we ask you to reschedule your appointment 

  • if you have received positive results from a test within the past 21 days or
  • if you have been in close contact with someone who has a pending test or has tested positive within the past 14 days.

Pre-screening – We'll call you before your appointment to ask you some health questions. Your answers help ensure you have no symptoms that may cause safety issues for you or others while in our care.
 
Day-of screening – When you check-in for your appointment, we'll ask the same health questions as the pre-screening call. It's one more precautionary check to keep everyone safe, including you.
 
Mask up – Everyone must wear a mask inside Goshen Health medical facilities. That means patients, visitors, healthcare providers – everyone – must have a mask covering the nose and mouth during the entire time you are in our medical spaces.
 
Hand sanitizer – We'll ask you to sanitize your hands when you check in. You will find hand sanitizer dispensers in all Goshen Health facilities. Please use them.
 
Sanitization protocols – Our healthcare workers take extra precautions to thoroughly clean surfaces and equipment throughout the day.

Talk with your doctor

Health risks other than COVID-19 haven't gone away. That means it's time to check with your healthcare provider about tests, screenings and exams you may need now.
 
Your providers can explain more about precautions in place to keep you and everyone around you safe while you are in their care. If you don’t already have a primary care provider, search our network to find a provider that’s right for you.