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Published on July 20, 2020

Cancer Care through a Pandemic

Femail patient waits for chemotherapy at Wayne UNC Health Care

With the arrival of the coronavirus, Wayne UNC Health Care – and hospitals across the country – postponed non-urgent appointments and procedures to reduce traffic in the hospital and slow the spread of the virus. As a cancer patient, you may be wondering whether it’s even safe to enter the hospital or your doctor’s office.

Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t know that there is a pandemic. Continuing to see your doctor and moving forward with your treatment are vitally important to your treatment plan. And if you’re newly diagnosed, it’s often critical to get care as quickly as possible.

At Wayne UNC Health Care, we are committed to delivering safe, quality care and supporting a healing environment. As we’ve grown in our understanding of COVID-19, we have put in place cleaning and safety protocols, so you can receive the care you need, when you need it most.

Protecting You

At Wayne UNC, we are protecting you and our team by:

  • Enhancing our screening for COVID-19 symptoms prior to appointments and upon entering the facility.
  • Treating all COVID-positive patients in isolation, within COVID-only units.
  • Providing a hospital-grade mask to all patients and teammates.
  • Requiring patient drop off for treatment. We have closed our waiting rooms.
  • Removing unnecessary objects from our wing, like magazines, books, toys and small furniture.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing high-touch and common surfaces regularly and making hand sanitizer available.
  • Performing hand hygiene after handling paperwork, cash, credit cards, licenses and insurance cards.
  • Decreasing the number of chairs in our clinic and spacing them more than six feet apart
  • Spacing appointments out to avoid overlap.

Protecting Yourself

Some patients with cancer have weakened immune systems due to their underlying condition or treatment. Having a weakened immune system can make it harder to fight off diseases.

To lower your risk of contracting coronavirus, we recommend that you maintain social distancing, wear a mask when you’re out of the house, wash your hands well and often, avoid touching your face and eyes and avoid group settings.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 – such as a higher fever, dry cough, fatigue or shortness of breath – call your provider. They can offer guidance about whether to stay home and see how your symptoms progress, or whether you need immediate medical attention.

If you have specific concerns and need to know whether you should continue treatment now, please contact your provider.

Visiting Hours have changed in response to COVID-19

To minimize COVID-19 exposure and keep patients, visitors and our care team safe, our visitor policy and visiting hours have changed.

Intensive Care Unit
3:00 - 6:00 PM

All Other Inpatient Areas
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Doors to the main lobby will close at 7:30 PM.

What To Do If You Have COVID-19 Symptoms?

If you are concerned you have been exposed or have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), click the purple Coronavirus Help tab on the bottom of unchealthcare.org

This will bring up our coronavirus symptom checker that will lead you through some questions to determine if you need medical follow-up. You can also call your primary care provider.

Do not go to your doctor’s office or an urgent care without first determining if further medical screening is necessary.

If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911 or seek immediate treatment.