Memorial Regional Health implements new visitor restrictions
A little over a week after restricting visitors to the facility, Memorial Regional Health is increasing the restrictions on visitors, closing the hospital to visitors temporarily.
Starting Tuesday morning, MRH will implement a no visitor policy.
“Ensuring the safety of our staff and our patients is our number one priority,” MRH Vice President of Operations Jennifer Riley said in a press release. “Memorial Regional Health recognizes the importance of having loved ones participate in each other’s care, but in light of the severity of the COVID-19 virus, as a temporary emergency measure effective, MRH will further restrict access to its facilities.”
The no visitor policy includes the following:
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- No visitors for patients admitted to the hospital.
- No visitors for patients being treated in the Emergency Department.
- No visitors to staff members working within the facility.
- No vendors with the exception of scheduled deliveries to our Purchasing or Facilities Department.
Exceptions to this policy include:
- One caregiver companion per patient per visit in our Medical Clinics.
- One adult caregiver per pediatric patient being seen in the Emergency Department or admitted to the hospital.
- One caregiver companion per patient to receive discharge instructions for a patient being discharged from surgery or the inpatient floor.
- One visitor acting as an interpreter support specialist, when necessary for the specific support needs of the patient.
- Visitors who, in the discretion of the treating provider, are essential for the patient’s emotional well-being and care.
- Visitors to patients who are receiving care at end of life.
Visitors are subject to COVID-19 screening and must follow all applicable social distancing and hygiene requirements of MRH while in its facilities, according to the press release.
Visitors who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath will not be permitted.
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