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SHRH updates visitor guidelines / May 21, 2020
Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital has eased its restrictions on visitation to allow patients to receive guests under specified circumstances. The updated policies went into effect Wednesday, May 20.

Overall Hospital Building Guidelines

For the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, the following guidelines are in place:

All visitors ages 12 and under are prohibited from the hospital.

Visitors must stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit. Loitering in any public area within the hospital is not allowed. We discourage multiple visitors and visits to a patient in a single day.

Once a visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital immediately.

All visitors will be screened before entering the facility. Anyone with signs of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) will not be allowed to enter.

Visitors must sign in at the screening station when they arrive and they will be given a visitor tag. They must sign out when they leave.

All visitors must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting a patient room.

All visitors must wear a mask. If they do not have a mask, one will be provided for them at the screening station.

Outpatients for invasive, surgical/procedural areas and Emergency Department patients

One visitor can accompany patient for their procedure or Emergency Department visit.

Visitor must remain in the designated outpatient room (if that is available as an option) or they will be required to wait in their car and provide a cell phone number for communication.

Outpatients for non-invasive diagnostic services (labs, radiology studies, etc)

No visitor will be allowed unless the patient is a pediatric patient or has dementia or altered mental status. One parent, guardian, or caretaker will be allowed to accompany patient in those instances.

Inpatients (ICU, Medical/Surgical, GYN), who do not have a COVID-19 diagnosis or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis, will be allowed one visitor arriving between the hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m., with the following exceptions:

Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are not allowed any visitors.

In the Family Birthing department, Obstetrical patients may have two visitors. The Birthing unit has specific screening and testing guidelines for obstetrical patients that are also to be followed.

Pediatric patients may have one parent/guardian.

Patients going for surgery outside of these hours may have a visitor before and after surgery per the other guidelines.

End-of-life non-COVID patients may have up to two visitors at the discretion of the nursing team.

End-of-life COVID patients may have visitation as determined on a case by case basis and with appropriate safety protections in place.

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Just came back from Sentara Lab Center. I discovered a crowded lobby, folks with and without masks waiting for the elevator or for rides. Elevators are small confined spaces where social distancing is not always possible. Elevator use should be better managed. No trips with unrelated people. Encourage visitors to use the stairs?

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