Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The rise of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global, national and local concern. We want to assure our patients and the community that The University of Kansas Health System is working closely with local, state and federal health officials to prepare.

Our top priority is keeping our patients, visitors and staff safe.

Our team treats patients with several respiratory illnesses every day. We have the training, tools and techniques in place to isolate and care for patients who are potentially at risk for COVID-19 following the guidelines identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hospital Visitors

For most patients, zero visitors are allowed. Exceptions include:

  • 1 parent or guardian for patients younger than 18

  • 1 support person for labor and delivery patients

  • 1 support person for patients with disabilities or impairments needing assistance

  • 1 support person or driver for patients undergoing outpatient treatment or procedures

  • Support persons for patients nearing end of life

Any visitor who has a fever or other cold or flu-like symptoms will not be allowed in our facilities.

 

Clinic Visitors

For most patients, zero visitors are allowed. Exceptions include:

  • 1 parent or guardian for patients younger than 18

  • 1 support person for patients with disabilities or impairments

 

We encourage family and friends to return home to await news of their loved one. You may wait in your vehicle if you wish. Any visitor who has a fever or other cold or flu-like symptoms will not be allowed in our facilities. Unless you have a scheduled pediatrics appointment, visitors under age 14 will not be allowed in the clinic until further notice.

Out of concern for the safety of patients and staff, and due to COVID-19 event, the Great Bend Campus Medical Records and Patient Billing information will no longer be available for pick up in person. 

 

Medical Records:

Please call 620-791-8010 to discuss options for delivery of information.

 

Patient Accounts:

Please call 620-791-6844 to discuss options for delivery of information.

What to do if you are feeling ill.

Contact your doctor’s office or urgent care center if you think you have symptoms or have been exposed.

  • Call before you arrive at your doctor’s office or urgent care center

  • Let your doctor’s office know about your symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include

    • fever

    • coughing

    • shortness of breath

  • Also let your doctor know if you have:

Avoid going to the Emergency Department unless instructed by your doctor.

Preventing the spread of respiratory diseases, including the flu and COVID-19

Remember the everyday basics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based sanitizer

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Clean and disinfect regularly

  • Stay home when you are sick

The CDC does not recommend people who are well wear facemasks to prevent exposure to COVID-19 or other respiratory diseases. Masks should be worn by people who show signs of the disease, so they can prevent the spread of the disease to others. Read more about the CDC’s recommendations.

Things to consider if planning a visit to the hospital

To prevent the spread of seasonal flu, intestinal viral illnesses and other infectious diseases in our communities, please follow these guidelines:

  • Do not visit the hospital if you or members of your household are sick, especially from upper respiratory infection (coughing, sneezing, congestion) or gastrointestinal illness (vomiting, nausea, diarrhea).

  • Note that intensive care, maternity units and other areas of the hospital have specific visiting guidelines.

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer visiting patients.

  • Please ask for a mask while visiting our Emergency Department.

Thank you for helping us keep our patients, visitors and communities healthy.

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