Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Delta Specialty Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Delta Specialty Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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New Drug Take-Back Programs in Tennessee

Delta Specialty Hospital is the preferred provider of inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare treatment in Memphis, TN.

While they can carry the potential for abuse, prescription drugs have helped countless individuals throughout the world. When used as directed by the prescribing physician, these substances can reduce or remove pain, providing critical relief in times of healing.

However, these drugs have a darker side as well, especially those that have habit-forming properties. In light of the current opioid abuse crisis being felt throughout the United States, many Tennessee communities are working to find ways to limit access to medications that carry the potential for abuse, and new initiatives, such as drug take-back programs, are popping up across the country.

Safe Disposal, a New Alternative

In the past, it was commonplace to simply toss old or unwanted medications in the trash or flush them down the toilet or drain. But today, environmental and health officials caution against this practice, citing the damage to the water supply and ease of access for individuals who are seeking these substances for illicit means as unfortunate consequences.

In order to provide a safer alternative for disposing of prescription medications, Walgreens drugstores in areas such as Memphis, Tennessee will now offer drug take-back kiosks that allow for the anonymous disposal of would-be substances of abuse. It is believed that by removing these drugs from the home, there will be less likelihood that residents will become dependent upon them or use them outside of their doctor’s recommended guidelines.

Additionally, many communities in Tennessee and throughout the country are participating in National Drug Take-Back Day each October. This event is designed to increase the public’s awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and highlight local resources for the safe disposal of these substances. For example, residents of Shelby County can visit the following locations to utilize free, permanent drug-take back services:

  • Sevierville Police Department at 300 Gary Wade Boulevard in Sevierville, Tennessee (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Shelby County Sheriff Department 993 Dovecrest Road in Memphis, Tennessee (open 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday)

The Importance of Treatment

It is hoped that by raising awareness of the perils of prescription drug abuse, and by providing safe, anonymous options for disposing of unwanted medications, that fewer Tennesseans will fall victim to addictions to these dangerous substances.

However, given the high rates of opioid abuse being seen nationwide, it is equally important that men and women who have already developed a chemical dependence have access to quality treatment for substance abuse. Fortunately, there are such options for care in Shelby County and throughout Tennessee where individuals can acquire the support they need to begin the journey to recovery.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with a prescription drug addiction, know that help is available. Begin researching treatment centers in your community, and contact them to find out how they can assist you in reclaiming the healthy, substance-free life you deserve.

At Delta Specialty Hospital, client care and well being comes first and foremost always. The entire staff has incredible compassion for all who come in for help. They made my experience the best it could be.

– Former Patient
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