COVID-19: Visitation Restrictions
 

Maury Regional Health has joined other hospitals in Middle Tennessee in implementing additional visitation restrictions as more cases of COVID-19 are diagnosed in Tennessee. 

Under the latest restrictions, visitors are not permitted at Maury Regional Medical Center, Marshall Medical Center or Wayne Medical Center with these limited exceptions:

  • Emergency departments – one support person may be allowed based on patient age and condition. Visitors may be asked to wait in the car.
  • Pediatric patients – one parent/guardian/caregiver designated during the length of hospitalization (same person each day). If this person leaves the facility, he/she must answer all screening questions daily. 
  • Childbirth patients – one support partner during the entire hospital stay (same person each day). If this person leaves the facility, he/she must answer all screening questions daily. 
  • Outpatient testing and surgery – one support person on the day of testing/surgery

Visitors are not permitted to wait in main lobbies or emergency room waiting areas. A support person must be 16 or older. Any other exceptions, including end-of-life situations, will be reviewed on an individual basis. Visitors and patients must enter through the main entrance or public emergency department entrance. Visitors will be screened for signs of a respiratory illness, fever or potential exposure to an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Those allowed to visit are asked to wash their hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering a patient room and upon leaving a patient room. Dispensers containing hand sanitizer are located throughout the hospitals.

Other Maury Regional Health visitation restrictions currently include:

Maury Regional Urgent Care – Patients are asked to bring no more than one support person to their visit and, if possible, that person should remain in their vehicle. Patients who are experiencing fever, new or increased cough, unusual shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms OR have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, are asked to call before arriving so that staff are prepared to use appropriate precautions.
Maury Regional Cancer Center – An immediate family member or primary support person who accompanies a patient is asked to limit their contact in patient areas by remaining in the main waiting room when possible. No one under the age of 16 is permitted.
Maury Regional Medical Group – Patients are asked to bring no more than one support person to their appointment. Patients who are experiencing fever, new or increased cough, unusual shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms OR have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, are asked to call the MRMG practice prior to their appointment.

Childbirth Floor

We realize that the birth of a child is an exciting time and that visitation restrictions are frustrating; however, please understand that we are in a pandemic. Our primary goal is to ensure the welfare of all patients in our care. For clarification, mothers who are delivering may have one support person during the entire hospital stay. If you are staying more than one day, you may not have a second support person visit on the second day. If your one support person must leave, they will need to be re-screened when they return on the second day. For those needing NICU services, you may have one support person the day of your delivery and until discharge. Once the mother is discharged, and the baby remains our patient in NICU, the mother will be the only one permitted to visit to ensure bonding. Again, we know this is a difficult time for our community and regret that we cannot accommodate the desires of new parents, but we need your cooperation to keep our entire community, including your newborn, safe during this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Medical Office Buildings and Maury Regional Medical Group (MRMG) Practices

We are also asking patients and visitors who arrive at one of our medical office buildings a series of questions regarding symptoms or possible contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone with possible symptoms is asked to go to urgent care or the emergency department. 

We also request that patients coming to a physician practice, urgent care or emergency department to come alone or bring only one person with them. When possible, we ask that the visitor stay in the car during the patient visit; however, we may allow one asymptomatic (no symptoms) support person or guardian as needed based on the condition and age of the patient. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Some MRMG practices may have additional guidelines. Please call the office before arriving to discuss any possible symptoms, processes and visitor restrictions.