SMMC postpones elective admissions

SMMC postpones  elective admissions

~ Day-care, Outpatient services continue ~

CAY HILL--The St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has postponed all non-urgent and elective admissions in light of the rise in COVID-19 admissions.

  This was announced in a press release issued by the hospital on Monday.

  Patients whose appointments have been postponed will be contacted by the hospital ahead of their scheduled appointment date and time. Day-care and appointments at SMMC’s Outpatient department (Policlinics) will continue as planned.

  Patients visiting SMMC are asked to ensure that they fill out the COVID-19 screening questions truthfully, that their masks are worn correctly and that social distancing rules and guidelines are adhered to. Only persons with appointments may be allowed to enter the building with the exception of minors and medically indicated companions. Persons who refuse to comply or cooperate may be kindly asked to leave the premises.

  SMMC also reminds the public that patient visiting hours have been suspended. Persons with friends or family admitted to SMMC are asked to make use of text messages and phone and video calls where possible to keep in touch with their loved ones.

  Persons wishing to receive an update on a patient must contact the patient’s emergency contact (which is typically a spouse or immediate family member) as SMMC said it does not provide patient information to third parties in an effort to protect and uphold patient confidentiality and their patients’ right to privacy.

  SMMC apologised for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the public for their cooperation as they provide quality care close to home while keeping their staff and patients safe.

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