ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Health Resources has announced more limitations on individuals visiting its hospital campuses in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Texas Health will leave these safety measures in place until further notice. The new policy aims to keep patients and caregivers safe from COVID-19, while slowing the spread of the illness in the community.
The increased safety measures:
- Visitors will not be permitted in inpatient areas, although exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis (i.e., a critically ill patient nearing end of life).
- One visitor will be allowed in the labor and delivery and post-partum areas per patient, and two parents or guardians are permitted in the NICU area.
- Visitors are not permitted in the Emergency Department treatment areas. If a patient is impaired, one visitor can accompany the patient.
- One visitor will be allowed in the hospital’s outpatient areas, (i.e., to accompany an impaired patient needing assistance with mobility).
All visitors must be at least 16 years old and meet the screening criteria each time they enter a Texas Health facility, along with adhering to all health precautions:
- Following safe distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet distance from others
- Practicing thorough hand hygiene
- Following specific directions provided by hospital staff
This necessary change to the visitation policy comes after Texas Health’s recent decision to indefinitely suspend elective, or non-essential surgical procedures, specifically those that can be delayed without harm to any patients. Over the past week, Texas Health has instituted other safety measures to stop the spread of the virus.
In an effort to remain socially responsible and promote the safety of patients and its employees, Texas Health will continue to make policy changes as needed and update media in a timely manner.
For more information, a consumer information hotline (682-236-7601) and hub have been set up on TexasHealth.org to provide information for the general public and patients.
Media Contact: Stephen O’Brien, firstname.lastname@example.org, 214-693-3050
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute-care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 26,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.