Wesley Healthcare resumes no-visitor policy in Wichita

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July 09, 2020 - 6:59 pm
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Wesley Healthcare announced that they will be returning to full visitor restrictions – meaning no visitors in general – at Wesley Medical Center and Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER beginning 1 p.m. Friday, July 10.

No visitors will be allowed to enter the hospitals except for:

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  • One-to-two parents or guardians for infants and pediatric patients.
  • One parent or guardian overnight for pediatric patients or neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) babies
  • One support person for laboring mothers and new moms
  • One support person for patients with disabilities or impairments warranting assistance
  • One patient advocate pre-/post-surgery

Those who qualify for these exceptions will be screened and masked upon entry. Any visitor who screens positive for a respiratory illness will not be allowed to enter. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Some exceptions may be allowed for end-of-life situations or extenuating circumstances, and will be approved on a case-by-case basis prior to granting access.

“We have seen a significant increase in local infection rates, as well as in hospitalizations throughout Wichita, and are taking this step once again to protect our patients, visitors, physicians and colleagues from potential exposure,” said Bill Voloch, president and CEO of Wesley Healthcare. “We understand how difficult it can be for patients and families. However, we feel this is a necessary step toward keeping our facility as safe as possible for those who come here for the care they need.”

Voloch noted that COVID-19 patients are still being isolated in separate units within the hospital.

“We continue to do everything in our power to ensure that patients who come to Wesley for care – including those who are not infected with COVID-19 – feel safe,” he said.

Wesley Healthcare will continue to perform scheduled surgeries and procedures, and all surgical patients are being tested in advance for COVID-19 to ensure that the risk of infection for other patients and staff remains minimal. Scheduled health screenings will also continue without interruption.

“We hope that recent masking orders in Wichita and Sedgwick County have the desired effect in helping to reduce the rate of infection among local residents,” said Lowell Ebersole, DO, Wesley Healthcare chief medical officer. “I cannot stress enough how important masking will be in our effort to reduce the impact COVID-19 will continue to have on our community, and we urge everyone to wear a mask in public, maintain proper social distancing and perform regular hand hygiene to help us get the situation under control.”

Wesley Healthcare appreciates the community’s support and adherence to the new restrictions being implemented, and apologizes for any inconvenience they might cause for patients and families. The organization’s priority is to keep patients, colleagues and physicians safe at this time.
 

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