Due to the continued concern regarding COVID-19, all Yale New Haven Health facilities have limited visitor access to patients at the hospitals and outpatient facilities in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island, including Northeast Medical Group offices.
“We understand that this can be very upsetting to both patients and family members and we ask for your patience as we go through these unprecedented times,” Yale New Haven Health said in a release.
Effective immediately the organization announced:
• To keep our patients, visitors and staff safe, due to the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, there is no visitation to hospitalized patients. Rare exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of the patient’s clinical team and we will do our best to accommodate exceptions where possible, but our first priority is to protect the health of our patients, visitors and staff.
• Among the visitor exceptions that can be made will be for maternity patients, children who are patients, patients for whom end-of-life is imminent, NICU patients, and patients with altered mental status or developmental delays.
• We encourage visitors to remain closely connected to their loved ones through virtual means, including Skype, FaceTime and/or phone.
• All visitors who do enter the hospital will be screened for evidence of illness by the staff at the front desk. Should questions arise, front desk staff will contact clinical leadership for guidance.
• Visitors who are sick will not be permitted to enter the hospital. This is without exception.
Again, these rare exceptions will be made by the patient’s clinical team.
Yale New Haven Health has established a call center for patients, staff and community members who have questions about COVID-19.
Healthcare professionals from the health system are available to answer specific questions seven days a week from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. The call center can be reached at 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644).