Meritus Medical Center eases visitor restrictions

Maryland

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — Meritus Medical Center is easing its visitor restrictions and allowing patients to have one visitor during designated time periods starting Wednesday, September 9.

Under the eased restrictions, most adult, emergency room, and obstetric patients can now have one visitor in their room at a time.

All visitors will be required to wear a mask and must be 18 or older unless they are the parent of a pediatric patient. Limited visitor hours will be from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. throughout the week. Visitors should call ahead of time to learn any potential restrictions that may prevent them from visiting their loved ones.

Patients in the obstetrics unit are still allowed to have one person in the delivery room once the person is approved by the medical team.

There are some exceptions to this new visitation policy; end of life patients may have two visitors at one time and pediatric patients may have one or two designated caregivers for the duration of their hospital stay.

Patients with or being investigated for COVID-19 will not be permitted to have any visitors in their rooms. Visitors will be required to enter through the main lobby and will be screened for flu-like symptoms. Anyone who displays any visible symptoms or has a fever will not be allowed to visit patients.

If a patient has multiple visitors, their visitors will have to swap outside of the hospital and will have to be screened before they are allowed to enter the patient’s room.

Visitors will also not be allowed in the Infection Control Unit or the John R. Marsh Cancer Center. Furthermore, patients receiving outpatient services including same day services, IV infusion, and wound care will not be allowed to have visitors.

For patients who have visitors that are not old enough or cannot visit, Meritus Health offers a virtual visiting service that can be found on their website or the virtual coordinator can be reached at (240)-310-3163.

For more information on Meritus Health and its vistor policy visit www.meritushealth.com.

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