Beginning Friday, Memorial Hermann Health System will not allow visitors at any of its facilities in the Houston area, except under a few circumstances.
The hospital announced Thursday that it is amending its visitor policy in an attempt to conserve its resources and protect patients, caregivers, its employees and the community at large from the continued spread of COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus.
The area locations impacted are Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital at 1635 N. Loop W. and Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Greater Heights at 1431 Studemont St.
“This decision will further protect our patients and the community from the spread of COVID-19 and help conserve Memorial Hermann’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure our ability to continue providing safe care during this time,” the hospital said in a news release.
Memorial Hermann said there are limited exceptions for some visitors at some of its locations, and those visitors will be required to clear a health screening before entering its facilities. The exceptions to the new visitor policy include:
• One visitor for laboring women
• One visitor (parent or guardian) for pediatric patients
• Family members for patients in hospice or supportive medicine
• One visitor for patients receiving emergency care
• One visitor for patients at the time of discharge following a surgery or procedure
• Patients with a disability or other medical condition who need assistance communicating with staff will be evaluated for potential visitor exceptions on a case-by-case basis
“Memorial Hermann recognizes the importance of family support in the healing process and is encouraging the use of video chat programs on your personal device to visit with loved ones who cannot visit in person,” the hospital said.