Visiting Hours (Effective 7/27/2022)

Risk of community spread still exists and continues to require vigilance to help stop the spread and protect the health and safety of our staff and patients.

Summary:

  • Visitor hours have resumed and are now 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Emergency Center: One visitor over age 16 for Emergency Center adult patients will be permitted without hourly restrictions. However, due to capacity restraints, visitors may be restricted at times.
    • Inpatient: Each patient will be allowed one visitor at a time, over the age of 16.
    • Outpatient/Procedural Areas: Each patient will be allowed one visitor over the age of 16 per day.
    • Surgical Services: Each patient will be allowed one visitor over the age of 16 per day.
    • Exceptions Include: COVID-positive patients at end of life, maternity, pediatrics, surgical services, clergy, and other situations that are pre-approved by a patient’s care team.
  • Visitors are welcome in both the Merrimack Café and the hospital cafeteria.
  • Maternal Child Health is continuing to allow the support person to be with the patient during labor and their stay on Maternity. Once the patient is transferred to Maternity, the support person may visit 24 hours a day. One other visitor over the age of 16 may visit during the hours of 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Labor and Delivery outpatient testing/evaluation: One support person may accompany the patient during the visit.
    • Pediatric unit: Parents/guardians may visit 24 hours a day. One additional visitor over the age of 16 may visit during the hours of 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Special Care Nursery: The parent/guardian and one support person may visit 24 hours per day. (Two total visitors)
  • Patient care partners and post-acute liaisons are welcomed back at LGH to facilitate referral screening and patient assessments. Unless accompanying as the patient's one designated visitor, we ask that patient care partners and post-acute liaisons please stay outside the building in accordance with hospital policy before and after facilitating referral screenings and/or patient assessments.
  • For visitors, hospital entrances remain the Main Lobby and Emergency Center for screening. Visitors must sign in at the nurse's station and all visitors must wear a mask at all times even if vaccinated.
  • No visitors under the age of 16 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.
  • 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 16 that will remain the same person throughout the duration of the patient’s admission.

Entrance Screenings Still Active

A medical screening questionnaire will be administered. 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 that day, 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.

Hospital entrances are staffed by security and clinical staff to screen each person entering hospital for COVID-19.