COVID-19 PATIENT & VISITOR RESTRICTIONS UPDATE - EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, 3.20.20 AT 7:00 AM.
Updated: Apr 8, 2020
In response to the increased circulation of the novel coronavirus, Phillips County Hospital has placed additional restrictions on hospital visitors to minimize the spread of COVID-19 effective FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 AT 7:00 AM.
All patients and visitors to Phillips County Hospital will be screened and asked if they have symptoms of illness and their exposure risks upon arrival.
HOSPITAL GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS AND CAREGIVERS EFFECTIVE 3.20.20
All patients and visitors must enter the Phillips County Hospital through the ER entrance. The ER entrance will be unlocked from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. After hours, access through the ER is available through the buzzer system and a nurse will meet you at the door to perform the screenings. All other entrances will be locked.
All patients and visitors to Phillips County Hospital will be asked if they have symptoms of illness and their exposure risks upon arrival.
Visitors are asked to log their visit so that if exposure is determined, they can be appropriately notified.
Visitors must be 16+ years old.
One visitor at a time in the patient room; additional restrictions may be imposed based on the patient’s clinical status.
Visitors are asked to restrict their visits to necessary areas and not to freely move throughout the entire facility to limit exposure.
ER patients are allowed to have one, healthy individual accompanying them in the ER.
MEDICAL CLINIC AND REHAB DEPARTMENT
In the clinic, all patients will be screened on if they have symptoms of illness and their exposure risks over the telephone prior to their appointment. Anyone presenting with the patient will also be screened by telephone at the time the appointment is made or during the reminder call made the day before the scheduled appointment.
In the rehab dept, all new patients will be screened on if they have symptoms of illness and their exposure risks over the telephone prior to their appointment and established patients will be screened during each visit.
Anyone without an appointment in our system is asked to log their visit so that if exposure is determined, they can be appropriately notified.
ROUTINE MEDICAL SERVICES
Hospital administration and medical leaders are working to determine how to proceed with elective surgeries, appointments, and services while monitoring the current situation around medical needs, hospital resources, provider safety, and patient wellbeing on an on-going basis. This approach is allowing us to provide you with the most appropriate care while also being able to respond rapidly should the situation evolve. At this time, all medical appointments and services are still being conducted.
KEEP SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS
You should not avoid seeking necessary and preventative medical care out of concerns about COVID-19 and you should keep your appointments unless otherwise instructed by your provider. This includes outpatient specialty clinics, physical and occupational therapy, outpatient surgery, Senior Life Solutions, routine labs, etc. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OR THINK YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19, CALL YOUR PROVIDER BEFORE GOING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.IF WE NEED TO RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT
As things evolve, we may reach out to reschedule clinic visits or procedures. In the event that we need to reschedule your appointment, we will call you.We take these proactive precautions to protect our patients, team members, and the communities we serve. This policy may be updated at any time to appropriately respond to the current circumstance and changing nature of COVID-19.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS REGARDING COVID-19, PLEASE CALL THE PHILLIPS COUNTY EOC AT 785-543-7155. If you have symptoms or feel you need to seek medical care for potential COVID-19, please call the Phillips County Medical clinic (785-543-5211) or the Phillips County Health Department (785-540-4350) during business hours or the Phillips County Hospital (785-543-5226) after business hours.