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Visiting Hours

Effective July 22, Washington Regional Medical Center’s visitor policy will be as follows.

Visitors will continue to be required to wear approved face masks, covering mouth and nose at all times, while on the Washington Regional campus (including in patient rooms), pass a Coronavirus screening prior to entering the facility and practice proper hand hygiene. For those who fail the screening, options for remote electronic visitation may be available.

The Tyson Commons Cafeteria, Apothecary Coffee Café and gift shop are closed to visitors.

Failure to follow the guidelines below will result in the visitor being asked to leave the campus.

The policy allows visitors for patients in the categories below:

  • Inpatient care NOT related to COVID: Patients may be permitted one (1) visitor per day during the designated hospital visitation hours of 1 p.m. - 7p.m. The visitor is to remain in the patient room during the visit with an appropriate and properly worn face mask. 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 one (1) visitor. 
  • 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 one (1) patient representative. During the procedure, the visitor 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 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 one (1) patient visitor. The visitor 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 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.
    • Labor and Delivery Unit: If experiencing an extended stay in Labor and Delivery (>48 hours), 2 adult support person(s) total per day may be allowed
    • Postpartum Unit: During the hours of 4p.m. - 7p.m., immediate family may visit in addition to the already approved 2 visitors. Visitors will be limited to 4 at a time.
  • 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. Siblings of the patient may also be allowed to visit.
  • Willard Walker Hospice House Patients: Patients will be permitted four (4) masked visitors at all times. Patients should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be allowed more than four (4) visitors.
  • 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.