Multiple changes continue in the medical field as COVID-19 demographics grow. Some of those changes impact children being seen by doctors and nurses.
Several hospitals are allowing one visitor per patient into an emergency room while others are not allowing any visitors. But, one thing is uniform across the state and that is the fact that all patients and guests are being screened with questions upon their arrival.
Just over the Rutherford County line and into Bedford County, Tennova Healthcare operates a hospital on 231 South. There, the patient is the only one allowed to be in the waiting room and hospital examining room. The only exception is for parents. In the case of a minor entering the hospital, one parent (guardian) will be allowed to wait with the child and enter an exam room with the child. Siblings will not be able to enter the emergency room.
In Murfreesboro, changes are in place for the Pediatrics department at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. Those changes are outlined below in a summary provided by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic.
- All well-child visits(check-ups), will be in the morning. All currently scheduled afternoon well-child visits will be rescheduled. Staff will be calling parents to reschedule.
- All sick visits will be scheduled in the afternoon. MMC Pediatrics is asking all parents to respect this policy. This will help to ensure that our providers are able to take care of both well and sick patients.
- Only 2 MMC pediatricians will be rounding at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital nursery each week. It is likely that you will not see your child's pediatrician at the hospital but patients will be able to schedule follow up appointments with their pediatrician.
- It is encouraged to only have one parent/visitor per child at any visit. All nonessential visitors are encouraged to wait outside of the building or at home.
- When entering the clinic, staff and providers may be seen wearing a mask. This is out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to protect our patients and staff.
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