HUNTINGTON, U.S. (WSAZ) – Mountain health hospitals have a no-visit policy.
This is in response to the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
According to the Mountain Health Network, there is no policy for visits to both Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s. It will take effect at 18:00 on Monday, October 12.
“It was a difficult decision because we know the importance of the family for the patient’s recovery. But once we looked at what was best for our patients and staff, it was a decision we had to make, ”said Hoyt Burdick, Ph.D., chief clinical officer, MHN. “As we spread more widely in the community, we need to adapt our policies to keep everyone safe. We sincerely appreciate the understanding and cooperation of the community. “
The following restrictions apply until further notice for both CHH and SMMC:
- No one has the right to accompany or visit a patient in the hospital with small exceptions. This restriction also applies to many individuals who were previously considered primary carers.
- One primary caregiver will be allowed to visit or stay with patients who are in pediatrics, childbirth and childbirth, the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Neonatal Therapy Unit (NTU) in accordance with the policies of each unit.
- Compassionate exceptions to this end-of-life patient restriction must be allowed on a case-by-case basis.
For CHH and SMMC outpatient clinics, this includes Marshall Health and HIMG, emergency care and emergencies:
- Family members or friends will not be allowed to accompany relatives to the office or exam room unless absolutely necessary.
- A parent or guardian may accompany minors for outpatient visits.
- If a primary caregiver is needed for help, only one person can accompany a patient and the caregiver will be asked to wait in his or her car during the appointment.
Authorized visitors will be identified by a badge provided to them at the checkpoints for checking the entrance. Mountain Health Network says no additional visitors will be allowed in the lobby. Hospital staff members will be required to wear their personal badge at all times.
The network says it will re-evaluate its policy on a weekly basis and make adjustments as the community expands.
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