Updated Visitor Restrictions 4-17-2020

NEW: Visitor Policy Updated: No Visitors/Companions allowed in outpatient areas (with limited exceptions) starting April 21st

Starting Thursday, April 21st, the visitor policy will be updated and no visitors/companions will be allowed in our outpatient clinics and procedural areas, to include the Emergency Department. In rare cases, a companion may be allowed for patients where a family member or companion is essential to patient care. These decisions will be made by the care team.

COVID-19 Update: No visitors permitted (with limited exceptions) starting Monday, March 23, at 9 a.m. at Onslow Memorial Hospital

Onslow Memorial Hospital is committed to patient-centered, safe care throughout our hospital. To limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure patient and co-worker safety, no visitors will be permitted starting Monday, March 23rd at 9 a.m. until further notice. OMH has outlined some exceptions to allow limited support persons who are free of cold or flu-like symptoms to accompany patients.  Those exceptions include the following:

  • Patients under the age of 18 may have one designated parent/guardian/advocate.
  • Patients on any unit in Maternal Child Services may have one designated support person throughout the duration of their stay.  The support person will need to stay at the hospital.
  • Inpatients receiving discharge instructions may have one designated support person.
  • Inpatients within 24 hours following a surgery or invasive procedure may have one designated support person.

The number of visitors for end-of-life situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, a caregiver may be allowed for patients where a family member or significant other is essential to patient care. These decisions will be made by the CNO or the nursing supervisor if after 5 p.m.

All visitors will be screened for cold or flu-like symptoms.

These new restrictions are in addition to the initial visitor restrictions put in place earlier in March:

  • No visitors under the age of 18 are allowed to visit for the foreseeable future.
  • Visitors who are over 65, pregnant or immunocompromised are discouraged from visiting.
  • No students, contractors or volunteers.

Patients under COVID-19 investigation may not have any visitors, unless compassionate care is approved.

We encourage family and friends to stay connected with patients via technology. We have created a “Things to Do While Hospitalized” information sheet for our patients. This can be accessed through our Patient Advocacy Department or Intranet and are available in admission packets.