COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

COVID Visitation Policy

COVID-19 reached a critical level in Reno County in November and December of 2020, and since then has started to slowly taper down. COVID-19 still poses a significant risk to Reno county, according to a group of local medical professionals.

Our goal at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is to provide the safest space possible for patients to receive care, and for employees to be able to work. We review the current impact on COVID-19 on the facility and community daily, and we will make changes to visitation based upon that review.

Based on the current COVID-19 numbers in the community, and at the hospital we will be expanding visitation hours starting Monday 2-1-2021. The new visitation hours will be 6:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Entrance Hours:

  • Emergency Room – The Emergency Room entrance is open 24 hours a day for emergency patients only. Visitors for other hospital departments are now allowed to use this entrance.
  • Main Entrance – Open Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Same Day Surgery – Open Monday through Friday 5:00 am to 3:00 pm for surgery patients and visitors only.

The following restrictions to visitation are still in place:

  • No Visitors are allowed for COVID positive patients. This will include patients admitted to ICU, and 4400 (Rooms 4411-4417) the Medical COVID units.
    • Family members are welcome to call and video chat or talk as patient conditions allow.
    • The hospital requests that one designated family member call and receive updates about the patient. This helps the hospital provide consistent updates and information regarding the patient’s condition.
  • Labor and Delivery will allow One Support Person to accompany all delivering patients.
  • Pediatric patients can have Both Parents in the room, whether the child is being treated in the ED or on the Pediatric Unit.
  • Telemetry (5100), Medical/Surgical (3300), Inpatient Rehab (4100), Pulmonary (4400, Rooms 4401-4407) can have One Visitor Per Day. This assigned visitor can no longer be changed out throughout the day.
  • ED is only allowing visitors on a Case-by-Case basis. Common exceptions could be for someone in critical condition or a pediatric patient. The ED will work diligently to communicate updates and the plan of care with the family. When the patient is brought in, family can leave one contact number with the screening table outside ED. This number will be used to contact family for updates or get additional information as needed.
  • No Visitors allowed on Behavioral Health.
  • For Outpatient Appointments like Physician office visits, Wound Care, Radiology, or Therapy, patients may bring 1 visitor if needed for care or support.
  • No one under 18 will be allowed to visit.

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center understands the value of family support for patients however, the safety of patients and staff requires us to make changes to our visitation policy.

The best way to help support your loved ones and the healthcare workers who are diligently caring for them is to wear your masks, practice good hand hygiene, exercise social distancing, don’t participate in groups larger than 10 people and support guidelines endorsed by the Reno County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control.

Screening process will involve checking each priority level of the symptoms reported

High Priority Symptoms – ONE of these three symptoms listed requires the person to return home to self-isolate and call their primary physician for further instructions. If the symptoms warrant urgent medical care encourage the person to go call their primary care immediately, go to the Hutch Clinic Respiratory Clinic, Prairie Star Clinic or offer to take the person to the Emergency Room.

  • Fever of 100.4 F or higher
  • Lower Respiratory Illness (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)
  • Exposure to a known COVID positive person

Lower Priority Symptoms – THREE of these symptoms requires the person to return home to self-isolate and call their primary physician for further instructions.

  • Chills
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Tired
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Change in the ability to smell or taste
  • Diarrhea