Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center today updated its revised visitation policy to better protect its patients, staff and visitors in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
The updated policy will be reviewed regularly and will remain in effect until further notice. Changes include:
•Visiting hours on the medical units will now be from noon to 3 p.m. daily.
•Visitation on the behavioral health floors will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
•Patient visitation is limited to immediate family members/significant others who have been authorized by the patient. Only one visitor at a time will be permitted.
•Visitors under age 14 will not permitted.
All visitors will be asked to sign in and undergo a medical screening at Memorial’s first floor information desk in addition to signing in at the nurses station on the unit they visit. Emergency department visitors will be asked to sign in at the registration desk in the ER1 waiting room.
“Although this will result in additional inconvenience, we can’t overstate the importance of taking these steps to mitigate the spread of this coronavirus and to protect our patients, staff and the community,” Memorial Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer JoAnn Pellegrino said.