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NIHD limits access via Emergency Department entrance

(Para Español, haga clic aqui) -- Northern Inyo Healthcare District is taking the necessary steps to protect patients, staff and the community by limiting access to the hospital via the Emergency Department entrance. The District asks for your support and collaboration in keeping each other safe.

Beginning Monday, April 6, if you are in need of emergent services, please visit our Emergency Department as usual using the ED entrance, located on the north side of campus.

For access to all other hospital services, please use the two-story hospital’s Main Lobby Entrance, which faces West Line Street.

Entrances to the Rural Health Clinic, Northern Inyo Associates clinics, and ancillary services will remain open. Watch for directional signs.

Those visiting hospital patients between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. are asked to check in at the Emergency Department desk for assistance.

Please remember NIHD currently has the following visitor restrictions in place:

Labor & Delivery, Medical-Surgical Department, Outpatient Nursing, Surgery, and Intensive Care:

  • Visitation is restricted to one adult support person for each patient. Patients in isolation may not have a support person except in Pediatric, Labor & Delivery, and End-of-Life cases. All other visitation for those in isolation is prohibited.
  • The support person must be in good health in order to enter the department. Please be prepared to undergo screening.
  • The support person identified is the only person allowed to visit during the entire hospital stay.
  • The support person is required to follow infection control processes as directed by NIH staff.
  • No children under 18 are allowed to visit patients. In Labor & Delivery, that means the siblings of a newborn may not visit.

Emergency Department:

  • The NIH Emergency Department is not accepting any visitors or support persons, unless that person is accompanying a pediatric patient.

Outpatient Clinics:

  • Adult patients are limited to one visitor/companion who is providing transportation to the patient receiving care. These visitors/companions will be asked to return to their vehicles during patient examination, and will be notified by mobile phone when the patient is ready to return home. Pediatric patients may have one adult primary caregiver accompany them.

Questions? Please call NIHD Admissions at (760) 873-5811.