LewisGale Medical Center limiting visitors in preparation for respiratory illness season

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – LewisGale Medical Center has set in place restrictions on visitors coming to see patients in the hospital’s care. The visitation policy change was made Monday the 16th. Below you’ll see LewisGale Regional Health System’s visitation screening guidelines.

Patients (age 16 and older) are limited to one adult visitor at a time during new visiting hours of 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Overnight patients are limited to one adult visitor in the following areas

Pediatrics | Mother/infant | NICU | Pre- and post-surgery (patient advocates)

Labor and delivery | End of life

Visitors 15 yearsand under are restricted.

Hospital staff will pre-screen all visitors (using standard pre-screening questions) and may require visitors to wear masks. All visitors will be required to wear identification indicating they have been screened.

Individuals with respiratory symptoms or other risk factors for COVID-19, such as travel or exposure, will be asked to refrain from visiting.

Visitors will be asked to refrain from visiting and utilize alternative methodsof communitcation with patients who are under observations or test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).”

LewisGale Regional Health System

These restrictions are to better protect the public, LewisGale’s staff, health providers and most of all their patients.

“…one of the safest ways to protect both our patients and certainly our staff and physicians are that visitor control process.

Lance Jones – Market President of LewisGale Regional Health System

The visitor control process LewisGale’s CEO and Market President, Lance Jones mentions focuses on screening visitors and limiting the number of visitors.

“Visiting hours are limited, so really… we’re controlling those hours to daylight hours, so 6am to 8pm in terms of our 1 visitor per patient. However there are always extenuating circumstances, so someone in a ICU (intensive care unit) in a critical state, pediatric patient… we’re making sure that we’re doing all we can to support our patients and families in those situations…”

Lance Jones – Market President of LewisGale Regional Health System

For more information from LewisGale Regional Health System on this issue, please click here.


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