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Patients & Visitors

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Memorial Visitor Policy

Effective October 13, 2021

Please find updated visitation policy below. As with everything in our current environment, these guidelines are subject to change as we make every effort to minimize the spread of infection and protect our patients, staff and community.

In order to maintain the safest environment possible for our patients and staff, upon entry to all Memorial locations, masks are encouraged and will be provided as needed. Memorial staff must properly wear masks covering the nose and mouth. Visitors are asked to maintain social distancing in waiting rooms and public spaces. Formal screening questions and temperature checks for visitors and patients will no longer be required. Visitation will be opened back up to children 12 years and older. Children must always be accompanied by an adult.

General Visiting Hours: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The main entrance of the hospital will reopen Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. In addition to the front entrance, the doors connecting the main hospital tower to the Medical Office Building and West Tower will reopen.

For general patient rooms, COVID+ patient visitation requires wearing of isolation attire for the entire visit. There will no coming and going during the visit, and only 1 person may visit with a patient per day. All visitors to COVID+ patients must check with the nurse before entering the room.

Specific visitation requirements:

Emergency Department: 1 visitor will be allowed to stay with a patient during their time in the Emergency Department. Exceptions will be made based on patient-specific circumstances.

Surgery & Procedure: Patients coming for surgery or procedures will be allowed to have 1 visitor with them unless other arrangements are made with the department on an individual basis. Minors may have both legal guardians.

Labor & Delivery: 2 visitors at a time while in Labor & Delivery, no switching out. No children under the age of 12, including other children of the patient unless specific considerations have been made with this unit. All children must always be accompanied by an adult other than the patient. If the patient is COVID+, there will be only 1 person allowed with the patient and they must stay in the room with the patient (no switching out or leaving and returning).

Mother Baby: One support person may stay with the patient 24/7. Hours for other visitation on Mother Baby will be daily from 10-11 a.m. and from 5-6:30 p.m. Siblings may visit with mom and baby during these designated times, including those under 12. If the patient is COVID+, there will be only 1 person allowed with the patient and they must stay in the room with the patient (no switching out or leaving and returning).

Pediatrics: Patients on the pediatric unit will be allowed to have 2 visitors at a time over the age of 12 during normal hospital visiting hours.

NICU: NICU will continue to allow 2 banded visitors per patient.

ICU: No visitors under 12 will be allowed unless arrangements have been made with staff.
Visiting hours:
5-6 a.m.
10-11 a.m.
3-5 p.m.
8-9 p.m.

Non-COVID ICU: 2 visitors at a time in the patient’s room, and visitors are allowed to switch out.

COVID ICU: 2 visitors allowed at each visiting period. No switching out allowed until next visiting period. (For example: spouse and mother can come 10-11 a.m., but brother and father must wait until 3-5 p.m. to visit because the allotted number of visitors for that period has been met). Masks and appropriate PPE required during COVID visitation.

PCU:
No visitors under 12 will be allowed unless arrangements have been made with staff.
Visiting hours:
5-6 a.m.
10-11 a.m.
3-5 p.m.
8-9 p.m.

Non-COVID PCU: 2 visitors at a time in the patient’s room, and visitors are allowed to switch out.
COVID PCU: 2 visitors allowed at each visiting period. No switching out allowed until next visiting period. (For example: spouse and mother can come 10-11 a.m., but brother and father have to wait until 3-5 p.m. to visit because the allotted number of visitors for that period has been met). Masks and appropriate PPE required during COVID visitation.

Pet therapy will be allowed to resume with the handler masked.

Clergy may return to seeing patients in the hospital, but they must remain masked.

Vendors/reps/etc. will be allowed back to normal business as long as they remain masked during their time in the facilities.

Public classes will be resuming.

ENCOMPASS:
• Memorial will not screen anyone entering the building so visitors will proceed to Encompass.
• Currently Encompass patients can have 2 visitors per day. Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 2-7 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

SELECT:
• Memorial will not screen anyone entering the building so visitors will proceed to Select.
• Currently Select patient may have one visitor per day.

Memorial Hospital Stone County

General Visiting Hours

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Current hospital visiting policy

Memorial recognizes that visitation of family and friends during a patient’s hospitalization is key to a patient’s recovery. We encourage you to visit your family member or friend during the above times. As with everything in our current environment, these guidelines are subject to change and may be different if you arrive to the hospital as we make every effort to minimize the spread of infection and protect our patients, staff and community.

In order to maintain the safest environment possible for our patients, masks are required in all our facilities. We are limiting visitors to allow for social distancing and encourage visitation in small groups or shifts. When you arrive to your destination that area may limit the number based on room size or available waiting space. This is for the safety of the patients, visitors, and staff. COVID-19 patients will be allow visitors on an individualized basis, this will be coordinated with the patient, family and nursing unit. 

Children are welcome to visit family members following the same guidance but under the age of 16 must be escorted by an adult at all times.

As with everything we do, individualized consideration will be given to all our patients and guests and extenuating circumstances will be handled on an individual basis.

COVID-19 RESOURCES