Visitor Policy Update (4/17/21)
As Archbold continues to experience lower numbers of COVID-19 patients in our facilities, we are making additional adjustments to our visitor policies to better meet the needs of our patients and their visitors. Effective Saturday, April 17, we are largely returning to pre-COVID visitor policies, with a few key exceptions. We will no longer limit visitors 12 and older from entering our hospitals, outpatient facilities and physician practices, but masks must be worn at all times. We are also discontinuing temperature checks at our entrances, but still ask that anyone with a fever or cough refrain from entering the facilities. At Archbold Memorial Hospital, we will continue to have all patients and visitors checked in by security, so that we can note a name and purpose for visit. Access will only be through the hospital Main Entrance and Emergency Department, with the Emergency Entrance used for the Emergency Department only. We thank the community for their continued support.
Labor and Delivery Update:
- 3 total visitors may accompany the patient. Staff may ask that only one person be present during the triage phase.
- You will be issued a colored bracelet upon entry to L&D.
- No other visitors will be permitted in L&D.
- The support person(s) is encouraged to remain inside the facility; however, they will be permitted to leave and return if necessary.
- If coming and going becomes excessive, security will contact the maternity center and may revoke this privilege.
- A patient may have a maximum of 4 visitors in the room at a time.
- No one under the age of 12 will be permitted to visit (including siblings).
- Quiet hour is from 2:00pm – 3:00pm where 1 support person may remain in the room, no other visitors are permitted during this time.
VISITATION POLICY (UPDATED 09/24/20)
As we continue to balance COVID-19-related precautions with the needs of our patients and their families, we are announcing the following updates to the visitation policies effective Thursday, September 24, 2020.
- At Archbold Memorial Hospital, one (1) visitor at a time, with a limit of three (3) different visitors each day, will be allowed to visit any inpatient other than suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive inpatients. The visitor is asked to use hand sanitizer when entering the room and must wear a mask at all times.
- Labor and Delivery visitation at Archbold Memorial Hospital: one (1) designated support person may accompany the patient. No other visitors will be permitted in Labor and Delivery. Mother/Baby visitation at Archbold Memorial Hospital: one (1) visitor at a time, with a limit of three (3) different visitors each day. The designated support person will NOT count as a visitor.
- No visitors will be allowed to accompany patients with appointments at an Archbold Medical Group clinic, unless the patient is a minor or requires assistance.
The following visitation policies remain in effect at this time:
- Policies for visitors in inpatient areas of Brooks County Hospital, Grady General Hospital and Mitchell County Hospital will be determined at each site based on the number of COVID-19 patients at the facility.
- Patients at the hospital for a procedure (such as surgery, endoscopy procedure or cath lab procedure) may have one (1) visitor accompany them and wait in a waiting room during the procedure. The visitor will be issued an armband and must wear a mask at all times.
- Patients at the hospital for an outpatient diagnostic procedure (radiology, lab, etc.) should enter the facility alone unless they require assistance.
- Patients at the emergency department or urgent care may have one (1) designated visitor at bedside as appropriate, with two (2) allowed if the patient is a minor. No visitors will be allowed to wait in waiting areas.
- Patients that are suspected or confirmed to be COVID-19 positive will not be allowed to have visitors.
- No visitors will be allowed at our long-term care facilities.
- Patients with appointments at any Archbold outpatient department (ACC, Women’s Center, Wound Care, etc.) may have one (1) person accompany them and the patient and visitor must wear a mask at all times.