Restricted Visitation at Sturdy Memorial Hospital
The COVID-19 outbreak has been officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, and in order to reduce risk of potential exposure within Sturdy Memorial Hospital, the Hospital has suspended all visitation to help protect our patients and community, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.
Policies for patients arriving at our Emergency Department will allow for one parent or guardian to accompany a minor child. For adults arriving at our Emergency Department (ED), accompaniment into the treatment areas of the ED will be made based upon the patient's clinical need or decision making assistance need and will be limited to one visitor. The maternity unit will allow for one birthing partner only.
Providers and staff will make exceptions to the policy based on patient circumstances. Members of the patient's care team will discuss special requirements privately with families.
"We know this is difficult for our patients and their families, but we decided to take this step to protect you, our patients, and our employees," said Joseph Casey, President and CEO of Sturdy Memorial Hospital. "At a time when our community relies on our services the most, we need to maintain a safe environment to provide the necessary care to our patients."
Patients with scheduled procedures or appointments should arrive as planned. However, as a precaution, every individual who enters the facility will be asked COVID-19 screening questions at all entry points.
Earlier in the week, Sturdy Memorial Hospital suspended all support groups for the month of March and limited individuals coming to the Hospital, including visitors, outside vendors, volunteers, and students. The Hospital's COVID-19 Task Force, has been delivering the latest news and procedures as directed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to all employees. The Task Force continues to monitor the situation and is working to ensure a safe environment for patients, staff, and the community.