Socorro General Hospital made changes to its visitation policy this week.
John Larson | El Defensor Chieftain

At Socorro General Hospital, the health and safety of our patients and workforce is our top priority. In order to protect our patients and staff, we are revising our hospital and clinic visitor policies while the threat of COVID-19 continues.

We will now allow one visitor per adult patient in inpatient settings. Approved visitors must:

• Be 14-years-old or older
• Pass a health screening, including temperature check
• Wear a face mask
• Wear other personal protective gear, as needed.
• Limit the surfaces they touch and perform hand hygiene using hand gel or soap and water.
• Stay in the patient’s room for their visit
• Follow all requirements and directions provided by staff

Approved visitors and visiting hours may include:

• Medical Decision Makers: One medical decision-maker or power of attorney for any patient unable to advocate for themselves, needs assistance providing their medical history or understanding medical information, or is a new patient to cancer care
• Emergency Department: One support person for patients in the emergency department who need assistance providing their medical history or understanding medical information, are non-communicative, are not able to care for themselves on their own, are receiving critical care, or for a pediatric patient
• Outpatient Surgery: One support person for patients undergoing scheduled outpatient surgeries or procedures. During the procedure, the support person will need to wait outside the hospital. Drop-off and pick-up arrangements will be made to support the patient undergoing the procedure while restricting in-facility waiting.
• Inpatient Intensive/Critical Care: One support person for patients in intensive or critical care units. This support person may only visit once per day and should plan to stay in the room with the patient for the duration of their visit.
• Inpatient Pediatric: Two parents or guardians of a pediatric patient in the emergency department or admitted to the hospital. One additional family member may be allowed during specified visitation times. Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Inpatient Adult: One visitor per patient is allowed at a time and no more than two visitors per day. Each visitor may visit once per day and should plan to stay in the room with the patient for the duration of their visit. Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Hospice Care: Two visitors per patient are allowed at a time. Visitors may only switch out every two hours, and all visitors must log in at the nurse’s station. Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Inpatient Behavioral Health: No visitors are allowed for inpatient adult behavioral health. One adult visitor is allowed per patient, per day for inpatient child and adolescent behavioral health. Visiting hours are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
• Labor and Delivery: Two support persons per patient are allowed. Support person(s) will be identified as soon as possible following admission, and once identified, will remain the support person(s) throughout the patient’s stay. Support person(s) may only visit once per day and should plan to stay in the room with the patient for the duration of their visit. Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: One support person may visit infant(s) in the NICU at Presbyterian Hospital. Visiting hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The NICU is closed twice daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Clinic Visitor Policy:

To protect our patients and workforce all family members are prohibited from attending a clinic visit with a patient at this time. Adult visitors may be approved in certain situations. These adult visitors must pass a health screening and will be required to wear a face mask or other personal protective gear, as needed. Approved visitors may include:

• One parent or guardian of a pediatric patient
• One support person for patients who need assistance walking
• One medical decision-maker or power of attorney for any patient unable to advocate for themselves, needs assistance providing their medical history or understanding medical information, or is a new patient to cancer care
• One primary caregiver for a patient who is unable to provide for themselves
• Qualified interpreters

For complete visitor policy details and more information see www.phs.org. We know that limiting visits impact the connection between patients and their loved ones. We encourage loved ones to connect with patients through options such as phone calls, Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp and other online platforms.
Before entering our hospital or clinic, all visitors will continue to be screened for health conditions and will be required to wear a mask. We will continue to monitor the risk of COVID-19 closely and will make adjustments to visitor restrictions as necessary and based on available data

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