The safety and well being of our patients, staff and our community is our highest priority. To safeguard during the present flu season and COVID-19 response visitation is currently at Tier 1 Restrictions.
PERSONAL ITEMS AND FOOD ITEMS FOR PATIENTS
In an effort to protect the health and wellness of patients and staff, we require that any personal belongings for patients be delivered to Entrance F Patient Tower, on the east side of the hospital, during the hours of 6:00am – 6:00pm. Items must fit into a 1-gallon ziploc bag. Food items are not allowed.
- All patients and attendants will be screened for flu and COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.
- Everyone must wear a procedure or cloth mask at all times while in the hospital. A face shield without a mask is not permissible.
- Visitors must stay in the patient’s room as much as possible while in the facility.
- If you have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees, or any symptoms of COVID-19 you will not be permitted remain in the building.
- Visitor(s) will be selected by the patient, the patient’s decision maker (if necessary), or appropriate hospital staff if a decision maker is not available.
- Visitors must sign in.
- Please do not visit the hospital if you have symptoms of the flu or COVID-19 unless you have been instructed by your physician. (Symptoms include fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose or sore throat, trouble breathing.)
- Visitors under 18 will not be allowed.
- Newman Regional Health follows CDC, KDHE and Lyon County Public Health guidelines.
If you are visiting the Emergency Room, Clinical Decision Unit, Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery areas you will be required to follow these policies:
Patients are permitted to have up to two (2) designated visitors throughout their stay during the designated visiting hours of 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Child Birth – Two (2) designated individual during labor and delivery and for the duration of the mother’s hospital stay. Designated visitors for obstetrical and pediatric patients and patients with cognitive
impairment are allowed to visit outside of designated visiting hours.
Surgical Outpatients – One (1) designated individual who must remain in the waiting room and will not be allowed to enter the Same Day Surgery Unit.
Critical Care Patients transferring to a tertiary facility – Two (2) designated individuals
Patients at Time of Discharge – One (1) designated individual to pick up the patient at Entrance “F” or the ER Entrance. Staff will escort the patient to these entrances wearing proper PPE per our patient transport policy. If caregiver education is needed for safe discharge two (2) designated individuals may participate during discharge education.
Pediatric Patients (under age 18) – Two (2) designated individuals for the duration of the hospital stay
Patients experiencing end-of-life – Two (2) designated individuals. Limited to one visit per day.
Patients with acute or chronic cognitive impairment – Two (2) designated individuals at times determined by the care team. Visitors may alternate time with patient to provide longer hours of support to patient.
Staff will escort visitor(s) to the patient and out of the facility after their visit.
If you are a patient visiting these areas, Hospital Outpatient, Diagnostic, Lab, Radiology, and Physician Offices you will be required to follow these policies:
- Patients should come alone.
- An attendant may accompany a patient with a demonstrated need, such as patients who are minors or those with cognitive or physical limitations.
- Attendants screening negative will be given a “Pass” and must wear a cloth mask until leaving the hospital or clinic entrances.
- Attendants screening positive will not be allowed to accompany the patient and will be asked to leave their cell phone number and wait in their car while staff assist the patient. Staff will call the attendant after the visit and will deliver the patient to the appropriate entrance for pickup. Staff will be wearing appropriate transport PPE.
- Designated waiting areas within each outpatient service area will be provided for children who cannot be left at home alone safely and must accompany a parent to an outpatient visit.
COVID-19 confirmed, probable, symptomatic or PUI visitors and patients will be required to follow these policies:
- Confirmed, probable or symptomatic visitors are not allowed, except if the patient is in an end of life situation. End-of-life visitation is allowed for a limited period of time, generally not to exceed 1 hour. Visitor must visit alone and wear a procedure mask at all times.
- Visitation of a confirmed, probable or PUI COVID patient is only allowed for pediatrics and in an end-of-life situation. End-of-life visitation is allowed for a limited period of time, generally not to exceed 1 hour. While visiting patients, visitors are required to wear appropriate PPE, including a surgical mask, eye protection, gown, and gloves. If the patient is receiving an aerosolizing treatment, visitors are required to wear a N95, gown, and gloves.
- Visitation of a confirmed, probable or PUI COVID obstetrical patient requires Infection Prevention review and approval. Visitors will be asked to sign the informed consent form, Consent to Visit COVID Positive Patient.