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Visitor policies

VISITOR POLICY (effective through June 14)
All patients and visitors must be screened and have a mask to enter the hospital.

  • 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 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.

VISITOR POLICY (effective June 15)
All patients and visitors must be screened and have a mask to enter the hospital.

Patients may have one visitor at a time.

No visitors for patients positive for or suspected of Covid, except for end of life.

  • Birthing Center mothers may have a labor partner and one other visitor.
  • Emergency Department may have one visitor.
  • End-of-life patients may have two visitors. Nurses will coordinate the visits.
  • Door screeners will call inpatient units before visitors are permitted on the floor.
  • Inpatient visitors will sign in at the desk and mark off their names when leaving.
  • Visitors are encouraged to stay in the patient’s room throughout the visit.
  • Patients with outpatient appointments may have one visitor with them.
  • Pediatric patients may have both parents with them for appointments and procedures.
  • Children younger than age 14 are not permitted inside the hospital.

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.