Granville Health System Updates Visitation Guidelines

March 13, 2020

Granville Health System (GHS) announced on Thursday updated visitor procedures and guidelines at Granville Medical Center. The procedures and guidelines are designed to protect patients, visitors, and staff against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and other infectious diseases, and have been revised since earlier in the week due to rapidly changing conditions and guidance provided by Federal and State officials.

These procedures and guidelines do not apply to those seeking medical treatment.

The increasingly restrictive visitation measures are precautionary and designed to help prevent against the possible spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases while also establishing key processes to protect healthcare workers, medical staff, and patients. 

“We ask for your cooperation with regard to the visitation policy,” said CEO John F. Snow. “They are a temporary measure designed to protect our patients, visitors, and our staff during this time. We thank you for your support.”

The following temporary restrictions apply to Granville Medical Center:

  • Visitation shall only take place between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • All visitors must enter through the main entrance or emergency department entrance.
  • Visitors to patient rooms and emergency department will be limited to no more than two people at a time. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances.
  • Children 12 years of age and younger may not visit hospital patients, even when accompanied by adults. Exceptions will be considered for extraordinary circumstances.
  • The hospital is also requiring all visitors to sanitize their hands when entering the hospital as well as entering and exiting patient rooms.
  • Visitors (including contractors, vendors, salespeople) who meet any of the following criteria will be restricted from visiting Granville Medical Center, unless they are seeking medical care or have an appointment for care:
    • Exhibit signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
    • In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
    • International travel within the last 14 days to Europe or to countries with sustained community transmission. For updated information on affected countries visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/indel.html.
    • Domestic travel within the last 14 days to states identified by the CDC with sustained community transmission.
    • Reside in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

Granville Medical Center may consider exceptions to any visitation procedures and guidelines on a case-by-case basis for certain situations such as end of life situations or when a visitor is essential for a patient’s emotional well-being and care. In addition, in lieu of visits, the facility encourages alternative means of communication such as virtual communication, including telephone calls and video-communication through personal devices.Visitor procedures and guidelines for Brantwood Nursing and Rehab Center issued on March 10, 2020, remain unchanged.

If you have questions about the restrictions at Granville Medical Center, please call 919.690.3000. If you have questions about the restrictions at Brantwood Nursing & Rehab Center, please call 919.690.3334. If you want more information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please visit ncdhhs.gov.

About Granville Health System

For more than 99 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home. To meet the growing needs of its community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where its citizens work and live. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at www.ghsHospital.org.

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