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CURRENT visitation POLICY

At Atlantic General Hospital & Health System

MASKING UPDATE

(Effective 7 a.m., May 25, 2022)



Due to an increase in community COVID-19 positivity rates and infection among staff, N95 or surgical masks are required in all Atlantic General Hospital and Health System facilities. This decision is based on both external community data and internal evidence.

Patients and visitors are required to wear a surgical mask to enter one of our facilities. A surgical mask will be provided to any individual who does not have one.

Current Visitor Hours:

  • Patient Visitation is permitted between the hours of 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., with quiet time observed from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 2 visitors at a time are permitted in patient rooms
  • Waiting rooms are now open. Masks must be worn in waiting rooms at all times.
  • Cafeteria is open to patients, staff and visitors. Masks must be worn until seated.

Access to the Building

  • Front Lobby entrance of the hospital is open 6 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Please use the Emergency Department entrance after these hours to visit patients, pick up discharged patients, or shop at AGHRx RediScripts.

Visits by Children: If under the age of 12, permission for visitation is at the discretion of the charge nurse and PCS. Children may visit patients provided they are supervised by an adult at all times and in good health. Families are encouraged to check with the patient’s primary caregiver before bringing children to visit a hospitalized patient. Children should not visit at all if they have a runny nose, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, rash, or fever.

Additionally, please note:

  • All visitors are screened at time of arrival. Do not visit if you have a fever or any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wash hands and use hand sanitizer often, especially upon entry or exit from the patient’s room.
  • Respect the inpatient care area's dedicated “Quiet Time” between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., to allow our patients the ability to rest to promote optimal healing and recovery.

Access to the Building

Front Lobby Entrance
Monday - Friday, doors open 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, doors open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Emergency Department Entrance
Doors open 24 hours, 7 days a week

COVID-19 Isolation Patient Visitation

The health and safety of our patients, visitors, and our community remain the top priority at Atlantic General Hospital. In order to safely open visitation for COVID-19 positive patients, clear guidelines must be followed. Any visitor not following these guidelines will be asked to leave for your safety, as well as the safety of our patients, visitors, and community.

General COVID-19 Isolation Guidelines (Effective Tuesday, May 3)

1. Designated visitors will stop at the nurses’ station prior to entering the patient room for visitation for appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Once in the patient room, visitors will use the call light to let staff when they are ready to leave. A clinical associate will be sent to assist you with PPE removal.

2. Visitors must keep PPE on the entire time. If any of the equipment is removed before leaving the patient room, the visit will be ended. Visitors may not eat or drink in the patient’s room.

3. Hand hygiene is required upon entry and exit from the patient room.

4. One designated visitor, over the age of 18 years, per patient for the duration of the hospital stay (Denoted in the patient Electronic Health Record).

5. Visitation is limited to 2 hours daily, between the hours of 8am-8pm. Drop-in visits outside of these hours are not allowed.

6. Exceptions to the above may ONLY be made for end of life visitation.

a. Death is imminent, as determined by the patient’s doctor.

b. Prior to withdrawal of life support whenever possible.

*In order to protect their own health, immunocompromised individuals and those receiving chemotherapy or steroid treatment are encouraged to hold off on visiting COVID positive patients until isolation is removed.

**When COVID positive patients are removed from isolation, see standard visitation policy.