Atrium Health Navicent updates visitation policy as COVID-19 cases decline

The changes are effective Tuesday, June 8.

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)  – Atrium Health Navicent is updating its visitation policy again as new COVID-19 cases continue to decline.

n AHN news release sent Monday, June 7, says the following changes are effective Tuesday, June 8. Only visitors described below will be permitted into Atrium Health Navicent Facilities.

Visitors include those who are visiting/accompanying the following patients:

  • Visitation hours will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • All patients in systemwide inpatient may have two (2) visitors excluding COVID-19 units. See special considerations.
  • Two (2) visitors are allowed at the bedside at a time.
  • The two (2) designated visitors must stay the same per 24 hour period.
  • All patients in systemwide outpatient and ambulatory settings may have two (2) visitors excluding COVID-19 units.
  • Visitors under the age of 12 are not permitted, including for the birth of a sibling.
  • Special considerations are made for the following and detailed below:
    -Minor patients under the age of 18
    -Patients in labor and delivery and/or family birth centers
    -Patients in intensive care (non COVID-19 units)
    -Patients at end of life and/or in hospice/palliative care
    -Patients who need a healthcare decision maker or visitor to help with communication and/or mobility

Special Considerations

  • Visitors are asked to stay no longer than two (2) hours per visit, except for parents/guardians, ICU, and hospice/palliative/end of life patients.
  • Minor patients under the age of 18 may have two (2) visitors/guardians at any time.
  • Patients in Labor and Delivery (active labor, before delivery) may have two (2) visitors. Both may be present at the bedside during visiting hours. One (1) visitor may remain overnight.
  • Patients in Family Birth Center (after delivery) may have two visitors at a time at the bedside. One (1) visitor may remain overnight.
  • Patients in hospice or palliative care may have two (2) visitors at a time at the bedside and one (1) visitor overnight.
  • Patients in ICU (non COVID-19) may have two (2) visitors at a time at the bedside.
  • Patients at Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health may have two (2) visitors at a time at the beside.
  • Visiting hours at Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Patients may have 1 visitor overnight with the following exceptions:

  • Patients in a unit designated for care of COVID-19
  • Minor patients under the age of 18 may have two (2) visitors/guardians at any time.

Special considerations

  • Overnight visitors must stay at the patient’s bedside.
  • Some Intensive Care Units lack capacity for overnight visitors; in these units, overnight visitors are at the discretion of unit leadership.
  • Waiting rooms and communal sleeping areas will remain closed.
  • If a patient needs an in-room procedure that requires the visitor to leave the room, the visitor may wait in the hallway outside the patient room or go for a walk.
  • Some visitors arrive with patients via entrances other than the main visitor entrance (ex. Surgery, Emergency, Heart Procedures). In the event a patient who entered through any entrance other than the main visitor entrance be admitted and the visitor choose to stay overnight, the visitor must check-in at the main entrance and receive a visitor band during visiting hours (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.). If the patient is admitted after visiting hours, the visitor may stay overnight and check-in at the main entrance during the next day’s visiting hours.

Visitors must continue to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Visitation is limited to two (2) visitors per day.
  • Visitors must remain in patient room at all times.
  • The two (2) designated visitors must stay the same per 24 hour period.
  • Waiting rooms remain closed.
  • Essential visitors may change out daily.
  • Visitation hours will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

The enhanced visitation policy applies to all Atrium Health Navicent locations, including:

  • Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital Navicent Health
  • The Medical Center, Navicent Health
  • Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health
  • Navicent Health Baldwin
  • Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health
  • Monroe County Hospital, a Navicent Health Partner
  • Putnam General Hospital, a Navicent Health Partner
  • AHN Emergency Rooms, Urgent Care Centers, Clinics and Diagnostics Centers

All facilities may be accessed through their main lobbies and/or emergency centers. Those with cough, fever, shortness of breath or other flu-like symptoms are asked to refrain from visiting.

Greeters at public entrances will continue asking basic screening questions and temperature monitoring.

For the latest on Atrium Health Navicent’s response to COVID-19, visit navicenthealth.org.

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