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Update 6/1/2020: Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health (CTH) has not yet reopened. Many of our CTH team were redeployed to COVID-related duties and The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) has not yet announced the timeline for ramping up surgeries. However, we will soon be able to perform certain outpatient surgeries like top surgery at an off-site ambulatory surgery center. We will contact patients in the order of their original surgery date to offer these slots as they become available. Once JHH-wide plans for the summer and onward are announced, we will update everyone on where things stand and work in collaboration with our patients to create a new schedule to minimize the disruption and anxiety from pandemic-related cancellations.

To Members of Our Center for Transgender Health Community

We wanted to reach out and let you know that we understand that unexpected delays in your medical plan, whether from an appointment you had scheduled with us or an upcoming surgery that has been cancelled, are disappointing and a source of anxiety, hurt and frustration. Please know we are here for you during this trying time.

We remain committed to providing exceptional patient care and to ensuring the safety of all of our patients and staff as we continue to provide critical frontline care to the communities that we serve. At the same time, we must consider even more carefully how we direct our resources to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of our patients, their families and our staff. We must maximize physical distancing and reduce the risk of exposure to patients with defined and undetected COVID-19.

As of March 18, all non-emergent procedures have been cancelled.

Re-scheduling appointments and surgeries: To ensure we can provide an accurate date for your services, our current plan is to evaluate all of the cases and consultations that have been delayed once we know when these restrictions will be lifted. We will then start building new schedules and reaching out to patients to confirm availability, doing our best to minimize disruptions for everyone.

A note about elective surgeries: In discussions you may hear the term “elective surgery” used, which refers to procedures that can be rescheduled to a future date, as the timing of these cases is flexible and is unlikely to significantly impact the patient’s health outcome in the short term. This term in no way downplays how critical and important these surgeries are for our patients.

We hope everyone is staying well during the public health crisis. Read more about staying safe.

Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health Leadership
(Posted 4/7/2020)

 
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