GRMC clarifies visiting policies; addresses inpatient and outpatient visitation

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GRMC (PNC file photo)

Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) would like to clarify our COVID-19 visiting policies. We also want to remind the public these policies will be strictly enforced to ensure your safety as well as the safety of our patients and staff.

INPATIENT VISITATION 

Visitation has been suspended for all inpatients. The only exception is visitors who have been pre-approved for patients who are critically ill or on comfort care.

OUTPATIENT VISITATION 

The following departments are still open for outpatients: Cardiology, Pulmonary, Orthopedics, Infectious Disease, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology.

Outpatients who require assistance getting to their appointments are allowed one companion per patient.

The only other exception will be for children brought to the Emergency Room, who may be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian.

SURGICAL PATIENTS 

There will be no waiting in the lobby areas for patients who are having surgery.
We understand that family would like to stay with their loved ones while they are undergoing surgery. However, to conform with the island-wide mandate of social distancing, we are no longer able to allow anyone to wait in our lobbies. Our staff will obtain the name and contact number of the person(s) we should notify when the patient is ready to be safely discharged.

MORGUE VIEWING 

Viewing at the morgue is now limited to no more than five (5) people. Again, we are sensitive to how heartbreaking this is, but we must think of the safety and health of the larger community.

GRMC regrets the need to take these strict measures, but it is for the safety of everyone, especially our patients and frontline healthcare workers. GRMC is committed to fighting the coronavirus and we appreciate the public’s understanding.