Effective Wednesday June 10, 2020
To Patients at NCSH:
At North Carolina Specialty Hospital (NCSH), it is of utmost importance that we remain dedicated to the safety of our patients and colleagues during this unprecedented time. Our number one priority is to provide the safest environment we can for our patients and medical professionals.
NCSH’s goal is to provide you with information regarding the environment you will experience while in our care.
We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our state government recommendations to guide our safety efforts during your time with us while you are in our care. In order to protect our patients we have implemented the following:
- Pre-screening patients during preoperative calls.
- Screening all patients, visitors, colleagues, and providers upon arrival to include temperature check, assessment of any travel, virus exposure and experience with related symptoms.
- Everyone entering the hospital will be required to wear a surgical mask for the duration of their time at NCSH.
- Implementing social distancing throughout the hospital.
- Following infection prevention protocols.
- Visual alerts (signs, posters) have been placed at all entrances and in strategic places throughout the facility providing instruction on hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and cough etiquette.
- Ensure supplies are available (tissues, waste receptacles, alcohol-based hand sanitizer)
- Strict visitor policies are in place to limit the number of people in the hospital.
- All patients are tested for Covid-19 within 3 days of the scheduled surgery to ensure negative results before surgery is performed.
- All employees and physicians are tested for Covid-19 virus exposure.
- All patients, staff and physicians are provided the appropriate personal protective equipment.
- All employees are educated on proper cleaning methods and are cleaning work areas and high touch objects multiple times daily.
These are unprecedented times. We want to thank all of our patients for the continued opportunity to provide their surgical needs. Thanks to our providers who continue to deliver safe, effective care.
For questions, please contact Melissa Whitfield, Infection Control Preventionist at North Carolina Specialty Hospital at 919-323-5826
For more information on symptoms and preventative best practices, please visit CDC.gov.