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Visitor Policy

Washington Regional Medical Center’s current visitor policy is as follows:

Visitors are 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.

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 4:30 am-8pm. The visitors are to remain in the patient room during the visit with an appropriately worn facemask. 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.
    In addition to the one (1) visitor per day during designated visitation hours, patients in a non-critical care environment can have a caregiver remain with them during their stay. A caregiver is defined as an adult who assists the patient with daily personal needs. During patient procedures, the caregiver will be asked to wait in the patient room or designated waiting areas. Patients in a critical care environment may be allowed a caregiver on an individual basis.
  • COVID Patients: Visitors for patients in this category may only enter when 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 one (1) patient visitor. 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 hospital visitor guidelines during patient hospital stay.
  • Emergency Department: Patients not being evaluated for COVID may be accompanied by 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 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: 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. 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.
  • 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.