Memorial Hermann loosens restrictions on patient visitors

Effective Thursday, Feb. 11, one adult visitor per patient per day will be allowed at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, 1635 N. Loop W. (File photo)

Patients at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, 1635 N. Loop W., will be allowed one adult visitor per day effective Thursday, the health system announced.

Two adult visitors (age 18 and older) per patient per day will be permitted for pediatrics patients, while one adult visitor will be allowed to stay overnight for pediatrics patients as well as those in the Labor & Delivery unit.

Memorial Hermann, which had been restricting visitors since early December in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, said the updated visitor policy applies to all its hospitals as well as its inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

The hospital system's outpatient facilities will continue to enforce a no-visitor policy with limited exceptions to ensure social distancing in waiting areas. Those facilities include Memorial Hermann Medical Group Greater Heights at 30 N. Loop W. #30, Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation-Greater Heights at 300 N. Loop W. #300, Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Greater Heights at 1431 Studemont St. and Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Washington Avenue at 4500 Washington Ave. #300.

Daily visiting hours for all Memorial Hermann hospitals are from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. All visitors will be required to clear a health screening upon entry and will be provided a mask to wear throughout their visit. They will be allowed to use hospital cafeterias.

Additionally, the hospital said one adult visitor per day will be permitted for patients in contact isolation, although no visitors will be allowed for patients in "droplet, airborne or a combination of isolation precautions." Family members may visit patients in hospice or supportive medicine care.

Memorial Hermann said age restrictions to not apply to visitors younger than 18 who arrive in the emergency room with a patient. Such minors will be allowed to remain with the emergency room patient.

Also, visitors of day surgery patients will be allowed to remain on site until the patient is discharged as long as social distancing can be maintained in the waiting area.

"Very limited compassionate exceptions to the modified visitor policy will be made for areas including but not limited to the NICU, Pediatrics and Labor & Delivery, and will be managed by each facility," Memorial Hermann said in a news release. "Memorial Hermann continues to encourage the use of video chat programs on your personal device to visit with loved ones who cannot visit in person."

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