New Lakeland Hospital Visitor Rules
Visitor Guidance for Lakeland Community Hospital Inpatient and Clinics
Effective October 2, 2020
COVID-19 and Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19
• No visitors allowed except in end-of-life situations Non-COVID 19 Inpatients
- One caregiver will be allowed in a 24-hour period. The Caregiver will not be allowed to rotate with any other Caregiver during this 24-hour period in consideration of the need to limit exposure.
- Caregiver must follow the following Guidelines.
o Wear your own face covering upon arrival to the facility and must wear it at all times.
The face covering must cover your mouth and nose at all times.
o There are no exceptions to wearing face coverings for the health and safety of our
patients, caregivers, and staff.
o Agree to practice appropriate hand hygiene and limit the touching of surfaces in patient
o Stay in room: Caregivers are asked to stay in the patient’s room and not leave the unit
or roam the hospital except for basic personal needs (e.g. food, restroom)
o Comply with Entrance screening: LCH will continue limited and monitored points of
entry, with active Caregiver screening upon entry.
o Entrance will be overseen by our Admitting department with Nursing and Security
o All Caregivers must sign in at the entrance to help us track who is in our facility.
o Entry will be denied to anyone who screens positive for COVID-19 such as temperature
above 99 degrees, cough, or shortness of breath.
o Caregiver must wear visitor badge at all times. These will be provided at both entrance
locations. Caregiver must return badge when exiting facility.
o Designated entrances will only be open to Caregivers between 8 am and 7 pm.
Caregivers as defined above will not be allowed to enter after 7pm. Any emergency need should be escalated to the Admitting department and an administrator will be contacted on your behalf.
End-of Life Guidance
- For non-COVID-19 patients in which death is reasonably anticipated within 24-48 hours, two Caregivers (meeting the above requirements) will be allowed at the bedside.
- For COVID-19 and Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19- only one Caregiver will be
allowed at the bedside pursuant to Physician approval
o Caregivers will be required to follow all instructions from clinical staff related to hand
hygiene, PPE, entry/exit, length of time with patient, etc.
- One Caregiver may accompany a patient and remain in the patient’s room at all times with a face covering over the mouth and nose.
- If the patient is under the age of 14, two Caregivers may accompany the patient but must remain in the patient’s room at all times with a face covering the mouth and nose.
- Failure to follow these guidelines will result in immediate removal from the facility in order to protect the health and safety of patients, Caregivers, and staff.
Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
• Under the recommendation of the treatment team, one visitor may be allowed by appointment only during established visiting hours. Telephone and video conferencing is available and encouraged.
Rural Health Clinics (Boyde J. Harrison, MD, Lakeland Family Practice, and Haleyville Pediatrics)
• Visitors will not be allowed except for those meeting a compassionate care qualification. One Caregiver/Support person will be allowed to accompany the patient only when one of the following circumstances is met:
o Patient has cognitive/memory disorder
o All Caregivers must wear a face covering. The face covering must cover your mouth and
nose at all times.
o Proper social distancing at 6 feet is maintained at all times within the facility.