BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – There is some good news on Monday morning.
Now that the first weekend of phase one is over, one local hospital is making some changes to its visitation policy.
On Monday, April 18, surgery patients at Baton Rouge General are allowed to have one visitor for a part of their time in the hospital.
This comes after, “BRG has had a no-visitor policy in place since the end of March,” according to the hospital.
“Taking care for our patients without the support of loved ones is not how we were trained or how we’re used to practicing nursing and medicine, and it’s been a major adjustment for everyone,” said Monica Nijoka, Chief Nursing Officer at Baton Rouge General. “Having someone here is important to our patients and family members, and we’re happy to be able to begin bringing people back in – though we are taking small, cautious steps in the process.”
Details on the procedures for Baton Rouge General visitors can be found below:
Once a patient has been taken back to surgery, their loved one can wait in the Same Day Surgery waiting area, which has been reconfigured to allow for proper social distancing. After surgery, the visitor will meet with the surgeon to discuss their loved one’s surgery, and then will be required to leave the hospital. They will be called to pick up their loved one after recovery.
Each visitor will be screened for temperature before entering, and like all our team members and patients, will be required to wear a mask while inside the hospital. For their safety, doctors do recommend the family member or friend be in a low risk group.
If a patient does not have a visitor present, family and friends can monitor the surgery through a Surgery Tracker on the BRG mobile app. The Surgery Tracker allows you to see your loved one’s progress every step of the way, from anywhere.
Surgery patients enter through a special entrance of the hospital and are fast tracked through a touchless registration process before being escorted through a “safe” path to surgery by a team member.
If you have any questions about what the hospital is doing to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, visit BRG safety.