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COVID-19 PATIENT SAFETY VISITATION POLICY

PENINSULA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM SUSPENDING VISITATION :  NANTICOKE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND ALL NANTICOKE FACILITIES

As a part of our ongoing strategy to reduce risk of potential exposure of COVID-19 to our community and to our patients and staff, we are moving to a no visitation policy effective March 20, 2020.

 

INPATIENT VISITATION CHANGES:

There is  NO visitation for patients admitted to the hospital.  Exceptions are allowed as follows.

 

  • One parent or caregiver for pediatric patients as long as neither is symptomatic.

 

  • One person for OB/Labor and Delivery including a support person or post-partum helper.

 

  • Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for special situations including end of life.

 

OUTPATIENT ESCORT CHANGES:

For those coming for outpatient services and procedures, we are significantly reducing the allowance of people escorting the actual patient being treated or tested.

Some patients coming for outpatient services may need to have a support person with them.   One support person only will be allowed and the support person must go through the already established COVID-19 screening questions.  A support person is defined as someone who:

 

  • Is necessary for a patient to be transported (non-ambulatory patient) to the care area;

 

  • Is needed to assist in completing a test or procedure;

 

  • Is a medical decision maker in time of crisis; or

 

  • Is needed to receive discharge instructions after a surgery or other procedure.

 

Security will continue at the main lobby and E.D. doors, screening all people entering the building.

 

PHYSICIAN OFFICE AND SATELLITE LOCATION ESCORT CHANGES:

 

For patients going to satellite facilities or physician offices for an appointment, we will be following a policy similar to that outlined in the Outpatient Escort process including no unnecessary escorts with the patient.  An escort may accompany a non-ambulatory patient or if the escort is truly needed for discharge instructions.

 

Anyone else with the patient, whether at the hospital or at a satellite location, will be asked to wait in the car while the patient is receiving care.

 

Thank you for your help, helping us to keep everyone as safe as possible.

 

 

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