Blount Memorial Hospital is making some changes to its visitation policy.
Beginning Monday, June 1, limited visitation may take place Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“The changes we are making to support inpatient visitation, specifically, are being cautiously made and go hand-in-hand with our phased approach to resuming services and supporting our community’s increase in resuming health care visits,” said Blount Memorial chief medical officer Dr. Harold Naramore.
As part of the new guidelines, inpatients will be allowed two designated visitors, age 16 or older, who are identified by the patient upon admission and remain in place for the duration of the patient’s stay. Only one visitor can be in the facility at a time. Inpatients who are admitted with either a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 continue to not be allowed visitors.
Patients in the Family Birthing Center continue to be allowed one support person during delivery and one additional designated visitor who is identified by the patient upon admission, who also remains in place for the duration of the patient’s stay. Only one of these individuals, who also must be age 16 or older, may be in the facility at a time.
Patients coming to the hospital for emergency, surgical and outpatient services, including office visits in the Physician Office Building, are allowed one support person, age 16 or older.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed inside the facility, unless they are receiving care.
Anyone entering the facility should enter through the hospital’s outpatient entrance and should be prepared to be screened with a temperature check and specific questions. Additionally, anyone entering the facility is required to wear a facial covering that covers the mouth and nose for the duration of the visit, and facial coverings may not be removed while inside the facility.
A limited number of masks are available for those who do not have one, but hospital officials encourage anyone coming to the facility to bring a mask from home. “This helps us conserve personal protective equipment, just in case we see a resurgence of COVID-19 in our community in the coming days, weeks or months,” Naramore explained.
As our community and state continue to reopen, the hospital will continue to evaluate visitation based on COVID-19 case activity. However, phasing in reopening is part of its pledge to the Tennessee Hospital Association and Governor Bill Lee’s guidelines for resuming some services – and it’s one the hospital takes seriously for the safety of our community, Naramore said.
“While much of our state has reopened, we, much like other health care facilities, have an obligation to do our very best to keep our patients -- and our facilities -- as safe as possible.”