Updated Visitor Restrictions for OMH 5-1-2020

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. NEW: We strongly suggest that any potential support person who must travel from out of state or designated hot spots in NC to travel to Onslow County at least 14 days prior to the delivery date.
  • 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 potential approved support persons will be screened for cold or flu-like symptoms, recent contact with COVID positive person and for recent travel. NEW: Those who have traveled outside of North Carolina or to any designated “hot spots” within North Carolina within 14 days of the hospital visit will not be considered an approved support person/companion.

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.