RMC Visiting Guidelines Update

Posted 8/24/2021 in Regional Medical Center

Keeping our staff, patients, and visitors safe is of the utmost priority at Regional Medical Center. Effective immediately, our visiting guidelines have been adjusted.

Visitors will still be allowed based upon the exceptions noted below. No visitors/support persons will be allowed for patients hospitalized with a respiratory illness.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

  • 1 support person at a time. Must be 18 years old or older. Other visitors may not wait in the waiting room.
  • Patients will be evaluated by a provider first before the support person is brought back to assure the patient is non-respiratory. Support person will need to wait where directed until notified.
  • Patients in critical condition and end-of-life patients may have visitors at the discretion of the provider.

MEDICAL/SURGICAL/INTENSIVE CARE

  • Non-respiratory patients may have 2 support persons/visitors during hospitalization.  Both must be 18 years old or older.
  • M-F 7AM-5PM and Sat 7-10:30AM. Use Entrance A. Sat 10:30AM-12PM. Use Entrance E.
  • Sunday 1-5PM. Use Entrance E.
  • End-of-life patients may have visitors at the discretion of the provider.

OBSTETRICS

  • Non-respiratory OB patients can have 2 support persons/visitors during hospitalization. Both must be 18 years old or older.
  • No siblings unless they are 18 or older.
  • Respiratory OB patients can have 1 support person during hospitalization. Support person must stay in the room the entire time the OB patient is here. If the support person leaves RMC, they are not allowed to re-enter.

SURGERY

  • Non-respiratory patients may have 1 support person (due to department spacing/size). Must be 18 years old or older. Support person will need to wait where directed until notified. 
  • Patients who are minors (under the age of 18) may have one parent or guardian.

OUTPATIENT APPOINTMENTS

  • Outpatient appointment examples include but are not limited to Regional Family Health appointments, labs, radiology, physical therapy, etc.
  • Patients coming for outpatient appointments may have 1 support person if needed. If able, it is preferred for patients to come alone.
  • Patients who are minors (under the age of 18) may have one parent or guardian.

SUPPORT PERSON MUST:

  • Be well (no fever, new loss of taste or smell, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, nausea/ vomiting, or body aches).
  • Not have a pending COVID-19 test or have tested positive in the last 10 days.
  • Not have been exposed to someone with respiratory illness (no fever, new loss of taste or smell, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, nausea/ vomiting, or body aches).
  • Not have been exposed to someone with a pending COVID-19 test.
  • Not have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
  • Be over the age of 18.
  • Answer screening questions.
  • Wear a face mask they bring with them. It must be worn at all times. Gaiters are NOT considered approved face coverings.
  • Practice hand hygiene upon entering and exiting a patient room. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the facility.
  • Stay in the patient’s room once in the department.

Exceptions may be made for a support person to be with a patient under certain situations. This will be determined on a case by case basis. All guidelines are subject to change without notice. (08/23/21)