COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

COVID Visitation Policy

(Last updated 4/18/2022)

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 as of March 11, 2022.

Entrance Hours:

  • Emergency Room – The Emergency Department entrance is open 24 hours a day for emergency patients only. Visitors for other hospital departments are not 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:

  • All visitors are expected to follow PPE Precaution Guidelines (COVID, Contact, Airborne, etc.)
    • Precautions are posted outside of the patient’s room, along with proper PPE
    • Visitors who fail to follow PPE guidelines will be asked to leave HRMC for the day
  • All patients can have two visitors at a time, no more than 2 visitors are allowed in a patient’s room at a time.
    • Visitors are not allowed to wait in the hallways or outside of patient rooms. Visitors may use a waiting room, or leave the facility between visits.
    • Visitors are not allowed to stay overnight, expect for LDRP and Pediatric patients.
      • Please review HRMC policy QRSE100 for more information
  • Behavioral Health (3400) – Visitation is restricted to 2 patient designated visitors per day from 1pm-4pm.
  • Children 12+ will be able to visit as long as they are accompanied by an adult the entire time, except for ICU.

All visitors 2+ years of age are required to wear a mask while at HRMC (face shields do not count as a mask, but can be worn in addition to a mask). HRMC does not accept provider notes, work notes, or any other type of documentation that states a visitor does not have to wear a mask, or can wear an alternative. A mask is required for visitors at all times.

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 mask, 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.

Patients and visitors no longer required to be screened using the automatic screeners

Effective April 18, 2022, HRMC will be changing the screening process for our visitors and patients.

Why are we doing this?

Based on current Reno county Covid incident numbers, and the fact that Covid cases continue to decline in our area, patients and visitors will no longer be required to be screened using the automatic screeners.

Beginning Monday, signs will be posted at the main entrance asking three questions:

  1. Have you tested positive for COVID-19?
  2. Do you currently have symptoms of COVID-19?
  3. Have you been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If a visitor answers yes to any of the questions they will not be permitted in the building.

If a patient answers yes to any of the questions, the treating department or office will be notified by the screener or registration clerk on duty. The patient will be directed to go immediately to their appointment. Patients will be pre-screened whenever feasible.

MASKS WILL STILL BE REQUIRED FOR EVERYONE IN THE FACILITY.

We are currently working on changes in the screening process for staff, volunteers, students, and medical staff. This information will be sent out soon.

If you have any questions about these changes, please direct questions or concerns to the Infection Prevention office at 620-513-3992. 

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