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COVID-19: Changes for visitors, telehealth and links to helpful resources

Visitor policies

VISITOR POLICY Effective May 18, 2020
Masks are required

  • A patient is allowed one visitor per day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to stay in the patient room for the duration of their visit.
    • No Exception: Patients who are Covid positive or a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) for Covid-19 visitors are not permitted
  • Labor and Delivery/Post-partum will continue to allow one labor partner
    • An additional visitor over and above the labor partner is permitted 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Emergency Department will allow one visitor per patient
    • If the ED patient is admitted, that visitor may accompany the patient to the inpatient unit if during the regular visitation hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • End-of-life patient visitation times is deferred to the charge nurse of the unit. End-of-Life Patients are allowed two (2) visitors.
    • If the need for visitation extends beyond normal visitation hours, the charge nurse may determine need for additional visitation hours for two visitors for a two-hour period of time.
  • Patients having an inpatient or outpatient procedure or same day surgery are allowed one visitor to wait for them. Visitors who accompany a patient for a procedure or surgery may be asked to wait in their cars or another vacant area in the hospital if social distancing in the waiting room is an issue. The visitor will be called or texted by staff when to come back in the hospital.
    • Minors may have both parents wait for them during a surgery/procedure
    • Patients coming for outpatient appointments may have one visitor accompany them to that appointment.

GENERAL RULES FOR VISITORS

  • All visitors must wear a mask.
  • All visitors going to inpatient units will be called to the unit by the door screeners.
  • All visitors on inpatient units will be asked to sign in at the desk on the log-in sheet and asked to mark off their name when they are leaving.
  • The Charge Nurse of an area has the discretion to make exceptions as necessary in the best interests of the patient. Examples of this are provider conferences, change in condition, emotional and mental-health concerns, unanticipated outcomes.
  • This visitation interim policy will be evaluated on a weekly basis.

Following are general guidelines for visitors:

  • Visitors must dress appropriately and must wear shirts, shoes and masks
  • Please keep visits brief.
  • Visitors must maintain a quiet environment and avoid unnecessary noise.
  • Visitors may be asked to leave the patient’s room during tests or treatments, or when the doctor or nurse needs to see the patient.
  • Only service animals are allowed inside the hospital. (No pet visitation)

Smoking policy

Liberty Hospital’s entire campus is tobacco-free and vaping-free inside and out. All patients, visitors, employees and physicians must leave the Liberty Hospital campus in order to smoke or vape.

Gifts

Visitors should check with the nurse before bringing gifts, including food or drink, to patients. Please check with the nurse to make sure your gift is appropriate. On the intensive care unit, please check with the unit nurse regarding gifts or flowers for the patient.

No latex policy

Due to latex-related allergies in some of our patients and staff members, Liberty Hospital has adopted a latex-free guideline for all areas of the hospital. As part of this guideline, the hospital does not accept latex balloons for patients, their family members or hospital staff.