CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – BayCare Health System announced Monday it will begin reducing the number of non-urgent surgeries performed in hospitals in Hillsborough and Polk counties due to the rising number of severely ill coronavirus patients.
The temporary change will be effective as of Thursday at 5 p.m.
The change impacts all six of BayCare’s Hillsborough hospitals and applies to three hospitals in Polk County.
Those hospitals include:
- St. Joseph’s
- St. Joseph’s Children’s
- St. Joseph’s Women’s (Tampa)
- St. Joseph’s-North (Lutz)
- St. Joseph’s-South (Riverview)
- South Florida Baptist (Plant City)
- Winter Haven
- Winter Haven Women’s
- Bartow Regional Medical Center
All surgeries for life-threatening situations will continue. BayCare’s effort will still allow many non-urgent surgeries and procedures to continue.
BayCare said that generally, surgeries that could be deffered are those that are not deemed medically urgent and require overnight recovery in the hospital.