As part of a continuing effort to protect patients, staff and our community, beginning Monday, March 23, visitors will no longer be allowed inside Blount Memorial Hospital.
Exceptions will include:
· Visitors will be allowed for a loved one undergoing end-of-life care
· Visitors who are vital to a patient's care needs
· Women giving birth will be allowed one adult support person
· Patients coming to the hospital for testing or surgery will be allowed one support person
Visitors should enter the hospital’s outpatient entrance and will be screened via a list of questions to determine illness risk prior to entry. Visitors who have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, have traveled out of the country or have been in contact with someone who has should not visit the hospital. Patients who are admitted with either a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 will not be allowed visitors.
"This measure is part of Blount Memorial's multi-phase plan for managing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)," said chief medical officer Dr. Harold Naramore. "As much as we certainly understand the desire of family and friends to visit their loved ones who are hospitalized, we are trying to do our very best to keep our patients as safe as possible. We’re the last hospital in our area to tighten restrictions to this level, and we need our community to understand our reasonings and help support us in protecting our community.”
Community members needing emergent medical care should still seek treatment, regardless of the hospital’s visitation restrictions. Naramore reminds the community that if you are experiencing respiratory-related symptoms and needing emergency care, you should tell your 911 operator if you are coming by ambulance and to call ahead to the hospital, if you can, if you are coming by personal vehicle.