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Washington Regional Implements Updated Visitor Policy

Effective April 26, 2021 Washington Regional Medical Center will implement an updated visitor policy allowing an additional visitor for most patients. All visitors must continue to wear a mask while on Washington Regional’s campus, pass a coronavirus screening and practice proper hand hygiene. The Tyson Commons Cafeteria, Apothecary Coffee Café and gift shop are open to visitors. The policy allows visitors for patients in the categories below:

  • Inpatient care NOT related to COVID: Patients may be permitted two (2) visitors per day during the designated hospital visitation hours of 9 a.m. – 7p.m. The visitors are to remain in the patient room during the visit. Patients receiving end-of-life care (e.g., terminally ill patients) should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be allowed more than two (2) visitors.
  • COVID Patients: Visitors for patients in this category may only enter when the patient is receiving end-of-life care. These should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be allowed more than one (1) visitor.
  • Outpatient Procedures: Patients may be accompanied by up to two (2) patient representatives. During the procedure, the visitor(s) will be asked to wait in the patient room or designated waiting areas. Masking, social distancing, and all other infection prevention and control practices shall be adhered to as a condition of visitation.
    • If the patient is admitted to the hospital, the visitor(s) will be asked to follow the inpatient hospital visitor guidelines during patient hospital stay.
  • Emergency Department: Patients not being evaluated for COVID may be accompanied by up to two (2) patient visitor(s). The visitor(s) will be asked to wait in the patient room or designated waiting area. Masking, social distancing and all other infection prevention and control practices shall be adhered to as a condition of visitation.
    • If an ER patient is admitted to the hospital, the visitor(s) will be asked to follow the inpatient hospital visitor guidelines during patient hospital stay.
  • Obstetric Patients: Patients may be permitted two (2) adult support person(s) during their stay.
  • Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Patients: Both parents / (1) one parent and (1) one support person will be allowed to visit at the same time.
  • Individuals who use a wheelchair or have special needs (e.g., disability, emotional instability, cognitive impairment, neurologic impairment, etc.) where the presence of a visitor may assist in patient care, may be allowed a visitor outside of the designated visiting hours.
  • Visitation without limitation: A clergy member or lay person offering religious or spiritual support may be physically present with a patient to pray with or offer spiritual support.

Masking, social distancing and all other infection prevention and control measures will be practiced and maintained in waiting rooms. If safe social distancing cannot be maintained, patients’ visitors will need to relocate to another waiting room or remain in the patient room if available. The visitor policies are subject to change as developments concerning Coronavirus necessitate.