What to Expect When You Arrive
Lawrence + Memorial and Westerly hospitals have implemented new safety procedures at all its facilities. Depending on your procedure or visit, our scheduling office will explain what you need to know from where to park your car and how to check-in. Many of our locations have remote check-in while patients are still in their cars, and then they are escorted directly to pre-surgical bays.
Extra Care, Extra Precautions
All patients must wear a mask before entering any of our buildings. Whenever possible, patients should bring their own mask from home. We have masks if you don’t. As an added safeguard, we continue to enforce visitor restrictions to protect our patients, employees and the community. If you or a loved one has to go to the ER, hospital or one of our ambulatory sites, know that visitors are not permitted except under extenuating circumstances. Find additional information on our patient and visitor policies here.
Your Safety = Our Priority
Reports indicate that many people who know they would benefit from a procedure today are pushing it off, only to wait because of fear. Our medical and surgical staff assures patients that the hospital is safe for you and your loved ones. Here are just a few of the safety measures we have in place to keep you safe:
- Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of hospital rooms and public areas.
- COVID-19 patients are cared for in designated areas, separate from patients without COVID-19.
- No lines or waiting rooms during your check-in process.
- Social distancing implemented in places such as cafeterias and elevators. Given how effective social distancing has been to “flatten the curve,” we’ve made it easier for people to stay six feet apart with marked signage and Plexiglas barriers in transaction areas.
- Continuing with a “no visitor” policy (with some exceptions for children, special-needs patients and people with disabilities who need a support person).
- Patients and any visitors are screened for symptoms at the door and must wear masks. Our employees, too, check symptoms and temperature twice a day.
- Testing is important. Every patient admitted to the hospital is tested for COVID-19. We’ve also established a program that tests employees and physicians regularly.
For more about how we are keeping our world-class care safe for you and our communities, check out this infographic for the ways we’re making Yale New Haven Health safer than ever.