Cancer doesn’t stop, even during a pandemic. If you have been newly diagnosed, or are experiencing symptoms associated with cancer, we urge you to contact us immediately to request an appointment or set up a virtual visit. Don’t delay your cancer care until life returns to normal. Roswell Park is a safe place to receive your care.
These are unprecedented times, but our extraordinary new protocols are designed to keep you safe. From hand sanitizer to touchless door openers, learn how we are protecting our patients during this time.
Important things to know before your next visit to Roswell Park:
- Restricted Visitation policy - No one who is sick or suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 should visit. Please read our updated visitor policy for more information.
- Patients who are experiencing symptoms of illness (fever, cough or difficulty breathing), please call your clinic/provider before your arrival at Roswell Park.
- Patients who have traveled to areas as reported by the CDC and the World Health Organization (including Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, New York City and the states of Washington, Oregon and California) in the last 30 days, please call your Roswell Park clinic/provider before arriving for your appointment.
- Patients (inpatient and outpatient) will be asked about travel to areas affected by the outbreak, as well as travel of their household/close contacts within the last 30 days. Patients are also asked about any recent onset of illness (fever, cough or difficulty breathing).
- VALET SERVICE CLOSED: Our Valet Service is currently suspended. Patients who need wheelchair assistance should proceed to the third floor of our parking ramp, where our patient transport team will be available to assist you.
- A single entrance will be used for patients and visitors, where a basic health screening will take place.
- All other doors will be locked to non-employees.
- Visitors who are sick should stay home and will not be permitted entry.
- Radiation Medicine patients can be dropped off in the Radiation Medicine Lot, but will need to cross Kaminski Park to enter through the main hospital entrance.
- The bridge from the Roswell Park ramp will remain open, but the bridge to and from Buffalo General Medical Center will be closed.
- If you have an upcoming appointment that your care team feels should be offered as a virtual visit, they will be contacting you directly.
Were you potentially exposed to COVID-19?
View and download our guidelines on what you should do.Next Steps
Depending on your diagnosis, types of treatment, current disease status and other medical conditions, you may be eligible for a virtual visit with your Roswell Park provider. Instead of coming to campus for a traditional face-to-face appointment, you will connect by video chat.
You do not need to call to find out if you’re eligible for a virtual visit. If this is an option for you, your Roswell Park providers will let you know directly.
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To protect our community and patients, Roswell Park events scheduled in the near future are canceled or postponed. Some may be held virtually, and this would be communicated by the event organizer. This timeframe may be extended or revised as the situation evolves. Please watch for updates on this page and from organizers of events you planned to attend. The Ride for Roswell has been reimagined for 2020 and all updates can be found online.
Events that have been canceled include, but are not limited to: Well Women Summit, “Ken Burns: The Gene” panel discussion with WNED, The Rick Brodowski Jamestown Area Cancer Patient and Survivor Workshop, CRI Immunotherapy Summit, Center for Indigenous Cancer Research Reception, 10th Annual Mihich Lecture, Hematology Oncology Continuing Medical Education Conference. Wellness events are also canceled, including: yoga for patients, Reiki, guided meditations, self-care workshops with Lindsay Amico, Qi Gong classes, Wellness Wednesdays, massage in the Resource Center.
What you can do:
- Please be sure that your information on our patient portal is up to date. We will continue to communicate with our patients by email if the need arises.
- Follow Roswell Park on social media (Facebook, Twitter) for important reminders and updates.
- As with other infectious diseases, we recommend regular hand washing and use of proper infection prevention measures to avoid transmission of disease.
- As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will post regular updates about the impact of the virus on our patient and visitor policies to this page. Check the web page before any upcoming appointments.
- If there are any specific questions regarding your visit to Roswell Park, call your clinic or 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355).