Merrick Medical Center Patients and Visitors
UPDATED VISITOR RESTRICTIONS: Effective November 6
To further reduce the potential risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19, effective FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, Merrick Medical Center, the Central City Medical Clinic and the Fullerton Medical Clinic will no longer allow visitors to patients in our hospital and clinics.
A healthy adult support person will be allowed in a few limited circumstances:
- Patient arriving at the emergency department (limited to one, if needed)
- Pediatric/Minor patient – 19 years or younger (limited to one parent/guardian)
- Outpatient or clinic patient needing support and/or transportation assistance within the building – wheelchair, etc. (limited to one)
- Dependent adult needing special assistance – as determined by patient’s nurse/manager
- Patient care partner needing teaching and instructions before discharge – as determined by patient’s nurse/manager. Only in cases where training for hands-on skills is required such as injections, wound care, etc.
- Patient receiving end-of-life care – number of visitors to be determined by patient’s nurse/manager
- Special circumstances – as identified by patient’s nurse/manager
Visitors with a pending COVID-19 test or a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, WILL NOT be allowed as support persons.
An iPad is available for those that might need to communicate with patients during a long-term stay.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We understand that these restrictions may be inconvenient at times, however, they are necessary to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.
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During Your Stay
Our goal is to provide a home-like atmosphere that encourages healing. If you would like extra items for guests visiting/staying with you, we are happy to provide chairs or a couch, as well as blankets and pillows. We also realize that sometimes hospital stays are unexpected. If you need any personal items, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc., please let our staff know.
Our staff works diligently to provide a safe environment. For this reason, we do not allow latex balloons in our hospital due to potential allergic reactions for patients. Mylar balloons are acceptable. We also are a smoke-free facility, and smoking anywhere on Medical Center grounds is strictly prohibited.
Dismissal and After Your Stay
We have a transition team in place that will start to lay the groundwork for you to return home/leave the hospital on the first day of your admission. Their purpose is to help identify and address the needs of the patient, so that items can be put in place for you to safely return home. This staff will work closely with patients, families and providers to arrange a post-discharge care plan that includes all the services you need to stay healthy, including community-based and in-home care.
We want to do everything we can to provide a care plan that keeps you healthy at home and reduces your chance of needing to return to the hospital.