GMH modifies hospital visitation policies

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Guam Memorial Hospital (PNC file photo)

The Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) has modified its policies to allow visiting in certain areas.

The following are effective August 16, 2020:

General Visitation Guidelines

Visitation can only be permitted after a patient’s initial admission testing has confirmed their COVID-19 status. This is applicable to all patients, whether or not they display any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Visitation is permitted between the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Visitors must be 18 years old and above., unless they are a parent of the patient.

Visiting is restricted to immediate family members only (i.e. parents, children, and siblings), and is limited to one person at a time.

All visitors must wear a facemask prior to entry into the facility and for the duration of the visit.

Visitors are subject to temperature checks and other screening measures in effect.

Visitors shall proceed directly to the patient’s room, and limit unnecessary movement within the facility. There will be no congregating in the patient rooms and waiting/lobby areas.

Visitors should practice proper hand hygiene and social distancing at all times.

One (1) authorized visitor/caregiver for minor patients, patients with disabi)ities, or patients who otherwise require a guardian is permitted. Overnight stays will only be permitted for these caregivers if the hospital can accommodate it.

One (1) authorized visitor/caregiver for patients who are at high risk for falls, suffer from dementia, or other serious ailments is permitted. Overnight stays will only be permitted for these caregivers if the hospital can accommodate it.

Visitation for end of life patients will be limited to immediate family members only, 18 years old and above. Up to two immediate family members will be allowed bedside at the same time.

Virtual visits are encouraged and can be arranged with the unit where the patient is located.

Management reserves the right to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Non-COVID Unit Specific Visiting Guidelines

ICU/CCU: Visiting hours in the ICU/CCU are from the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Limited to one (l) person at a time.

Labor & Delivery: Patients may designate one (1) support person during labor and delivery stay. The rotation of support persons is not allowed. In addition to the support person, visitation is permitted as per the General Visiting Guidelines above.

Obstetrics Ward: Patients may designate one (1) support person during postpartum stay. The rotation of support persons is not allowed. In addition to the support person, visitation is permitted as per the General Visiting Guidelines above.

Nursery/NICU: Parents of Nursery/NICU patients may contact the unit, via the operator at 647- 2330/2252, to schedule 15-30 minute visitation, or a virtual visit using electronic devices.

COVID-19 Patients & Designated Treatment Areas

Patients who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 may not have visitors. There are limited exceptions, which include:

At the end of life, for religious services.

Children/Minors, the authorized visitor/caregiver may remain with the child for the duration of the stay and may overnight if the hospital can accommodate it.

Visitors/caregivers for PUIs and COVID-19 patients must consent to an Acknowledgement of Responsibilities & Waiver of Liability regarding COVID-19 for Non-GMHA Employees/Staff.

Religious Services

Patients who are not suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 may receive religious services from clergy of their choice.

All religious services shall be initiated by the patient or family; approved by the attending physician, in communication with the unit charge nurse and house supervisor; and arrange the date and time for service with the clergy.

The patient or family will communicate the date and time of service with the unit charge nurse who will then notify the house supervisor and security.

Clergy members must undergo training by the GMHA before being allowed to visit a patient.

All religious services are subject to a reasonable time if it can be provided without disruption to care.

Visitors for PUIs and COVID-19 patients must consent to an Acknowledgement of Responsibilities & Waiver of Liability regarding COVID-19 for Non-GMHA Employees/Staff.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671)478-0208/09/10.

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