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Lee Health announces relaxed visitation restrictions

By Staff | Jun 11, 2020

As of June 8, Lee Health is easing visitation restrictions while following strict guidelines that will continue to protect the safety of patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic. Visitation was suspended in March, with some exceptions for compassionate care, to limit the number of people entering health care facilities in an effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

Visitors are required to practice physical distancing, complete a health screening, temperature check, and thoroughly sanitize their hands with alcohol-based gel before visitation. Visitors are also required to bring their own mask or face covering, and wear it all times while in a Lee Health facility.

Visitation to any COVID-19 units or patients requiring airborne precautions (in an isolated room because they are potentially infectious) will continue to be restricted to compassionate care. Compassionate care generally refers to end-of-life situations to give family members the opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones, but can cover other areas depending on individual circumstances. Compassionate care visitation is at the discretion of hospital leadership.

At the main hospital campuses, patients will be allowed to designate one visitor upon admission. Visitation hours are from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. No visitors under the age of 12 are permitted.

In outpatient facilities, adult patients are allowed one visitor to accompany them to their appointments. For surgeries, visitors can accompany a patient to registration and reunite with them in the recovery room. For pediatric procedures, one parent is permitted to stay with their child plus one additional guest above 12 years of age.

During the suspension, health care workers were able to use technology to help patients interact with their loved ones virtually. Virtual visitation will remain an option for patients who are unable to have in-person visitors or want to connect with other loved ones besides the designated visitor.

To view the full updated visitation policy, visit www.leehealth.org/our-services/public-health-awareness/hospital-visitation-temporary-restrictions.