RALEIGH GENERAL HOSPITAL EASES VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

May 22, 2020

Raleigh General Hospital EASES VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

Limited visitation available starting May 26th for most patients as elective and non-urgent procedures gradually resume

Beckley, W.Va. (5/22/2020) – Raleigh General Hospital announced today that it is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions as the hospital gradually resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities. The decision was made as current projections continue to indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in the region and after careful review of state and federal guidance. The updated restrictions, which will now allow most patients to have one visitor or support person per day, will be implemented effective Tuesday, May 26th, 2020.

“Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” said Matt Roberts, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Raleigh General Hospital. “We continue to monitor closely the prevalence of the virus in our community as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients, and we feel confident that it is safe to begin allowing limited visitors again at this time.”

As part of the updated visitor restrictions, inpatients, patients having procedures, such as surgeries, endoscopies, colonoscopies and cardiac catheterizations are now limited to one well visitor per day, including one support person for obstetric patients. What this does not include is patients having lab work and imaging, as we continue to ask that no visitors accompany them in the facility.  All visitors must be 12 years of age or older, will be screened upon entry and are required to wear their own mask and a wristband while in the facility. Visitors who do not pass the screening at entry will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free. Visitors are not allowed for high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised or patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19. Visitation will be from the hours of 2pm-6pm daily.

Raleigh General Hospital continues to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines. For additional updates on how the hospital is working to maintain a safe and supportive environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit RaleighGeneral.com.

About Raleigh General Hospital

A part of LifePoint Health®, Raleigh General Hospital, southern West Virginia’s leading medical center, has served the city of Beckley and surrounding counties since 1921. The acute care hospital offers a full range of services including trauma, obstetrics, advanced imaging, lithotripsy, interventional cardiac care, oncology, emergency, gastroenterology, and advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine services. Additionally, we offer the following surgical services: general, orthopedic, vascular, spine, gynecology, ENT and podiatry. Each year, the hospital admits over 10,000 patients, delivers about 1,100 babies and treats nearly 50,000 people in its emergency department. Approximately 3,500 inpatient surgeries, 8,000 outpatient surgeries and 4,500 endoscopies are performed annually. To learn more about Raleigh General Hospital, visit http://www.raleighgeneral.com.

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