Visiting Hours (Effective June 22, 2021)

Limited Visiting Hours: 11 am - 7 pm, daily

Lawrence General has updated its visitor policy due to decreasing community spread of COVID-19. These measures are designed to protect the health and safety of patients and staff. The policy is effective on Tuesday, June 22.

Summary:

  • Visitor hours have expanded to 11 am – 7 pm, daily.
  • Each adult patient is allowed one adult visitor per day, but that visitor can now change each day.
    • Exceptions Include: COVID-positive patients at end of life, maternity, pediatrics, surgical services, and other situations that are pre-approved by a patient’s care team.
  • Patients can now be joined by one adult companion during surgical and diagnostic testing/screening appointments. This applies to inpatient and outpatient locations.
  • One adult visitor for Emergency Center adult patients will be permitted on a case by case basis.
  • For visitors, hospital entrances remain the Main Lobby and Emergency Center for screening.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 years old are allowed in the hospital. People waiting to visit a patient should not enter the hospital until the time of their visit.

Approved Exceptions That Remain:

  • Emergency Center: There are exceptions for multiple people to visit end of life patients.
  • Maternal Child Health: Continuing to allow the significant other to be with the patient during labor and their stay on Maternity. MCH is also allowing one visitor during the 11 am - 7 pm visiting hours. The significant other is not considered a visitor.
  • COVID-Positive Patients: Compassionate care situations for COVID-19 positive patients, including but not limited to end-of-life situations are recognized as valid circumstances under which visitors may be considered on a case-by case basis. They may be permitted one adult visitor over the age of 18 that will remain the same person throughout the duration of the patient’s admission. Duration of in-room visit will be no longer than 15 minutes.

Screening of Visitors

  • A medical screening questionnaire will be administered, and temperature will be taken. If a visitor screens positive, they will be directed to present through the Emergency Center to have a medical screening examination. If the proposed visitor has any symptoms, the individual will not be permitted to visit, and family should be encouraged to choose a different visitor if possible.
  • Visitation may be prohibited on a case-by-case basis if a patient tests positive or shows symptoms of COVID-19, or if visitation poses a significant infection control risk to the patients, visitor, or staff.

To Enter:

  • Screening completed by hospital personnel
  • Mask covering nose and mouth
  • Hand sanitizer applied