COVID-19 Testing Before Your Procedure
Instructions for COVID-19 Testing Before Endoscopic Procedures
Long Island Digestive Disease Consultants, a member of Northwell Physicians Partners
At the present time, a Covid 19 nasal swab will need to be done before you will be allowed to have your endoscopic procedure. This is one of multiple steps that your provider and the endoscopy center are taking to keep everyone at the center safe. Please read the instructions carefully; failure to have the test done as directed below will result in the cancellation of your procedure.
Patients who are having a procedure Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday, will be having a Covid swab done at the office. At the time that your procedure is scheduled, you will be given the exact date and time that you will need to arrive at the office (not the endoscopy center) to have a Covid 19 swab performed by one of our practitioners. If you need to change the time of your arrival, please call the office immediately.
Patients who are having a procedure on a Thursday will need to go to a Northwell Health Patient Service Center the Saturday before their procedure to have the Covid swab performed. This is necessary in order to make sure that the lab has enough time to process your specimen and get the results to us before your procedure. You will be given a list of testing sites with their phone numbers. Please schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
It is a requirement of the NYS Department of Health that Covid swab tests be performed within 5 days of a patient having a procedure and that patients self quarantine (see below)after the swab until their procedure.
Here are the dates you will need to go for your Covid-19 test based on the date of your procedure:
|Date of swab||Date of Procedure|
|Saturday (Patient Service Ctr.)||Thursday|
All results will be relayed to our office. If you do not hear from us, you can assume that your test is negative.
Once you have had the Covid-19 test before your procedure, you will be asked to self-quarantine in an effort to minimize your exposure to Covid-19 in the days before your procedure. Self-quarantine includes: stay home from work (whenever possible) or school, avoid being out in public or using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis, frequently wash your hands for at least 15-20 seconds and disinfect surfaces in your home often, separate yourself from other people in your home, avoid close contact with anyone showing signs of respiratory illness such as fever, coughing, and sneezing-those with symptoms should wear a scarf or mask, and make sure to contact your physician if there are any changes in your health during this quarantine period.