UNC Lenoir Health Care Adapting Care To Meet COVID-19 Patient Needs
KINSTON, NC – March 18, 2020 – Due to the spread of coronavirus / COVID-19 in North Carolina, UNC Lenoir Health Care announced today that several policies have been put into place to ensure the safe and efficient care of our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UNC Lenoir is asking that only one visitor per patient be allowed for the duration of the patient’s stay. We feel this will best take care of the patient and visitor as we work to slow the spread of the virus.
Our surgeons have decided to prioritize emergent surgeries at this time. Patients will be contacted by their surgeons’ offices for updated scheduling for elective procedures.
We continue to follow the guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control to determine who is at risk for COVID-19, how best to care for these patients and when to test for COVID-19. We have had no positive test results at this time.
“It is important that we focus on protecting the safety and welfare of our patients, our incredible staff and patient family members. The UNC Lenoir team is highly trained and will respond to COVID-19 as the professionals that they are. I am confident that we will continue to take good care of our community and that we will adapt as needed to this changing healthcare environment,” said Robert Enders, President and CEO. “Additional changes may be necessary as we continue to evaluate the best way to protect and care of our patients.”
The community is reminded to practice appropriate social distancing, wash hands frequently, contact your primary care provider if you develop respiratory symptoms or call the UNC health Line at 1-888-850-2684.
Information on COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) may be found at www.unclenoir.org. Changes in hospital operations
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