Self Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce that beginning Thursday, August 20, we have begun implementing a new Limited Visitation Policy which will continue to safeguard patients, guests and team members during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also will allow some increased (but limited) visitation. Like all hospitals in the state, Self Regional began significantly limiting visitation to the hospital when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Though it is imperative for patient safety that we continue to restrict access to our facility, we believe that a measured re-opening to visitors will help create a better experience for our patients and their families, improve communication between care providers and family members, and provide much needed comfort and support to patients who are admitted to the hospital.
Here are some important highlights of the new policy:
- This policy is for visitors of inpatients at Self Regional Medical Center only, it does not apply to physician practices or outpatients at the hospital. The visitation policy for those locations has not changed and is still restricting all but pediatric visitation.
- This new visitation program is for 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM each day at the main hospital building.
- Visitors must be age 16 or older.
- Visitors must supply their own masks (which covers both mouth and nose) and they must wear a mask at all times while in the facility, including while in patient rooms. Patients must be masked as well during the entire visit.
- The new policy allows a maximum of 1 visitor per day.
- For end-of-life, non-COVID
situations, the new policy allows up to 2 visitors for a limited amount of time.
It may become necessary for Self Regional to restrict visitation again in the future if COVID cases increase, but we are hopeful that we will be able to continue offering these limited visitation hours.