LMH Health limits access to hospital, clinics and updates visitor restrictions

Published on March 17, 2020

LMH Health limits access to hospital, clinics and updates visitor restrictions

Effective immediately, LMH Health has made changes to the ways patients and visitors can access the hospital. We have reduced the number of hospital entrances to three – the Emergency Department, 4th Street Health Plaza and Arkansas Street – and have begun screening people based on current KDHE recommendations as they arrive. This is a rapidly changing situation and this information may again be updated.

Visitor policies

As a reminder, the current visitor policy limits hospital visitors to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are limiting risk for patients, visitors, staff, volunteers and the community.

Until further notice, LMH Health is restricting visitation to one designated visitor per patient, during the length of the patient’s stay. Visitors must have a photo ID. If they do not, admission to the hospital will be denied. Additionally, visitors under age 18 are not allowed in the hospital and clinics. 

Please understand that further restrictions may be put in place.

We understand that connecting with family members is very important. We encourage electronic means whenever possible. Very rare exceptions may be made in extenuating circumstances.

LMH Health clinic updates

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, LMH Health has also implemented changes within our clinics.

  • Non-urgent appointments, such as annual physicals, may be rescheduled.
  • Staff will confirm appointments by phone prior to your scheduled arrival. We will ask a series of screening questions, including questions about travel. We will also ask if you are experiencing symptoms of cough, sore throat, fever or difficulty breathing. You are encouraged to call ahead to the clinic if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • Patients visiting the LMH Health Main Campus and our off-site primary care clinics will be greeted at the door will be screened before entering the facility. If you answer yes to any of the screening questions, you will be asked to put on a mask and undergo further evaluation.
  • We ask that you can attend your appointment by yourself, if appropriate. Please have only one person accompanying you.

This is an ongoing situation and information is changing rapidly. Rely on accurate sources of news and information about the virus, such as the CDC. The best local sources of information about COVID-19 are Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The KDHE hotline is also available to answer questions at 866-534-3463 during regular business hours.

 

 


Media Inquiries

For media inquiries related to LMH Health contact:

Amy Northrop, Director of Communication

Phone: 785-505-2931

Email: Amy.Northrop@lmh.org