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Patients & Visitors

VISITATION & ACCESS

Visitation Policy

For the health, well-being and safety of our patients, visitors and staff, FCMH has updated its visitor restrictions effective February 22, 2021.

Inpatient Non-COVID

  • One named visitor per day in facility during limited visiting hours (2-7)
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Must wear mask at all times – even while in patient room
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols
  • Must remain in patient room for entire visit
  • No waiting room use – closed to visitors
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Visitation during visiting hours (2-7)
  • Must wear mask at all times – even while in patient room
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols
  • Must remain in patient room for entire visit
  • No waiting room use – closed to visitors

Inpatient COVID (Confirmed or Suspected)

  • No visitation with exception of end of life with a limit of 2 named visitors per day – no provider overrides and death must be imminent (expected within 24 hours)
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Must remain in patient room for entire visit – you will not be able to reenter once you leave the patient room
  • Visitors are limited to immediate family
  • Must wear appropriate PPE in room and mask upon entry and exit of facility
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols
  • No waiting room use – closed to visitors

Emergency Departments (Non-COVID) – no visitors for COVID suspected or confirmed patients

  • One named visit for encounter
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Must remain in patient room for encounter
  • Must wear mask at all times – even while in patient room
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols
  • You will not be able to reenter once you leave the patient room
  • No waiting room use – closed to visitors

Surgery

  • One named visitor for encounter
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • No wandering hospital; must stay in surgical waiting area
  • Must wear mask at all times – even while in patient room
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols

Outpatient / Ambulatory Clinic Visits and Testing

  • No visitors unless one of the following exceptions:
    • Minor patients (under 18) – two visitors, limited to only parents or guardians
    • Pulmonary Clinic: one visitor for patients struggling with ambulatory issues
    • One visitor/support person for patients with significant physical or mental disabilities
    • Support person required for care planning or to support of disease management (i.e., cancer diagnosis) – must be approved by provider in advance
    • Patient brought in by transport (transport staff member)
  • Must wear mask at all times – even while in patient room
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols
  • Must remain in patient room during clinic visits
  • No waiting room use – closed to visitors

Visitor Requirements must be followed at all times, in all visiting locations or you will be asked to leave the facility

  • Must complete screening process and have no symptoms of illness in order to enter facility
  • If recently tested positive for COVID, must be 10 days since onset of symptoms or test date, recovery of respiratory symptoms and no fever for the past 24 hours
  • Must wear mask at all times – even in the patient room
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols
  • Must remain in patient room at all times – no visiting gift shop, café’s or cafeteria
  • No waiting room use – waiting rooms are closed to visitors
  • No minor visitors (under 18)
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving rooms and hospital buildings

Special Circumstances

Spiritual Support

  • Inpatients may have one in-person visit by their own clergy for brief spiritual support if requested by patient and family

End-of-Life Situations:

  • Non-COVID patients who are believed to be end of life may have up to 3 visitors at a time; however, visitors can rotate (3 leave, 3 more enter). COVID positive patients who are end of life may have 2 visitors at a time and visitors must remain in the room with the patient during their visit.
  • Visitation hours should be honored in most cases. Exceptions may include allowances for immediate family members (spouse, children, parents) but visit limits of no more than 5 people should occur even in these sensitive times.
  • Visitors cannot congregate in waiting areas. When rotating with other family members, they must leave the building once their visitation time is complete.
  • The family is encouraged to work out a visitation plan/schedule to ensure all family wishing to visit has the opportunity to do so.
  • If accommodations outside the guidelines are needed, this should be reviewed by the patient care team with the family for approval and then shared with Security and Nursing Supervisor
  • Accommodations that raise concerns with Infection Prevention protocols or interrupt patient care of the patient in question or others on that unit may be overridden by the Infection Control Nurse, Quality Director, Risk Management Director, CNO or CEO.

Surgical Vendors

  • Restricted unless integral to the surgical procedure as determined by the clinical care team

Caretakers

  • One named visitors acting in the role of a caretaker will be allowed access if clinical teams determine the non-COVID patient:
    • Requires the caretaker to support patient care.
    • Is dependent on the caretaker prior to admission to perform activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, toileting and communication.
    • Is disoriented due to conditions such as traumatic brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer's disease or an altered mental state.
    • Has a developmental disability.
    • Is deaf or in need of an interpreter.
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Must wear mask at all times – even while in patient room
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols

ACCESS

Welcoming All of Fayette County to Our Facility

At Fayette County Memorial Hospital, we keep accessibility at the forefront of everything we do. That means that our services, programs, and activities are specifically designed with the disabled in mind—including those with impaired vision and hearing.

Our access features include:

  • Ramps and curb cuts throughout our parking areas and sidewalks
  • Off-street parking dedicated to accommodating disabled persons
  • Fully accessible interior spaces: bathrooms, offices, cafeterias, etc.
  • Elevator access at the first floor and all patient floors

Hearing & Vision Access

Our hospital provides a wide spectrum of communication aids for those patients and visitors with speech, vision, and hearing impairment. These aids are provided at no extra charge by our hospital staff including:

  • Taped material and readers for the blind
  • Large print reading material
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Various assisted devices for persons with physical impairments
  • 23-hour telecommunication devices for the deaf and speech-impaired

Contact our Fayette County Memorial Hospital at 740.335.1210 today to learn more about our services and accommodations.