Visitation Policies

Marion General Visitation Policy

Visitation Policy

(Effective March 7, 2022)

MASKS ARE REQUIRED IN SOME AREAS.

ENTRANCES AND HOURS

Hospital Visiting Hours 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., seven days a week

HOSPITAL VISITATION RULES

  • Individuals should not visit if they are ill, sick, frail, or at-risk (i.e. immunocompromised or serious chronic illness).
  • No children will be permitted. Visitors must be 12 years of age or older.

We trust you to help us keep our patients safe. Any visitor who has shortness of breath, fever, cough, or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 or is being tested for it should not enter Forrest Health facilities.

IN-PERSON MEDICAL RECORDS

To protect our patients, visitors and staff, Forrest Health’s Health Information Management (HIM) department requests that patient’s contact them prior to coming into the hospital. Patients can request records via Iris or call 601-740-2189 to receive instructions for the retrieving the documentation.

INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT VISITATION, ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE

All hospitals and facilities will follow these guidelines.

Inpatients and outpatients that ARE under suspicion for or diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • No visitors.
  • Rare exceptions will be made in end-of-life and special circumstances, such as when the visitor is essential for the patient’s emotional well-being and health. The facility’s Administrator or delegate must approve any exceptions.

Inpatients and outpatients that ARE NOT under suspicion for or diagnosed with COVID-19, including inpatients who have been tested for COVID-19 for screening purposes only:

  • Two visitors are permitted at a time. The visitors must wear a facemask.
  • Disabled Visitors: If a visitor is in need of assistance due to a disability then they will be allowed an escort to go up to visitation with them.
  • Overnight visitation is limited to one individual per room.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE

  • One visitor is permitted during the visit. For pediatric patients, the same two visitors are allowed (parents or guardians) for the duration of the ED visit.
  • No swapping.
  • Rare exceptions will be made in end-of-life and special circumstances, such as when the visitor is essential for the patient’s emotional well-being and health. The facility’s Administrator or delegate must approve any exceptions.

ESSENTIAL PROVIDERS AND VENDORS, ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE

Providers deemed essential to a patient’s care and wellbeing, and vendors necessary for patient care and/or hospital operations, may enter facilities in some circumstances. Those granted access must follow the same screening guidelines as all permitted visitors.  The following guidelines will apply:

Clergy and Pastoral Care

  • Ongoing access to spiritual and pastoral care is considered an essential part of our patients’ care. Local clergy and chaplains are permitted on-site to visit individuals from their religious communities and exercise our standard precautions.
  • Like all employees and visitors who enter FGH facilities, local clergy will be screened upon entry. If screening temporarily restricts a member of the clergy from entry, they are encouraged to identify an alternate person who may provide the needed pastoral visitation.
  • Patients may receive religious services from the religious leader of their choice during visitation hours, if it can be provided without disruption to care. Religious leaders will not count as the patient’s visitor.
  • End-Of-Life visitation is permitted and visiting hours restrictions do not apply, if it can be provided without disruption to care.  
  • Clergy who wish to visit with a patient being tested or suspected for COVID-19 or has a positive COVID-19 test result must wear personal protective equipment.  Clinical staff will monitor the duration of the visit to reduce the amount of exposure to the clergy visitor.

End of Life – physician meetings with family

  • When there is an end of life situation/physician meeting with family, a maximum of six visitors at the same time will be allowed.
  • Any minors will be counted as a visitor.

Post-Acute Liaisons

  • Liaisons from non-Forrest Health post-acute facilities, (TCM Nurses) such as long-term acute care, acute rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities, are restricted from working on-site in our facilities.
  • During this time, post-acute liaisons should continue to work closely with our case managers and/or social workers using virtual electronic and telephonic methods to ensure patients transition safely and efficiently to the next level of care.

Other, which may include:

  • Adult Protective Services (APS).
  • Children and Youth Services (CYS).
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
  • Legal counsel, attorneys, when needed.
  • Other, as approved by local command center.
  • Police, when needed.
  • Specialty pharmacies and durable medical equipment (DME) providers, for discharges.

Vendors / Dock Deliveries

  • Only vendors providing services deemed essential will be able to enter our facilities via loading docks. Suppliers that are deemed essential and provided facility access via the loading dock will follow our facility entrance screening procedure, either at the dock or main facility entrance.
  • Essential non-Forrest Health delivery personnel are encouraged to wear a hospital provided facemask while in the facility but must wear a facemask of some sort at minimum.
  • All other vendors will stage their deliveries at the loading dock as instructed by the facility and an employee who has already been clinically screened for the day will then deliver internally.

CAFETERIA, RESTROOM, GIFT SHOP, AND OTHER COMMON AREAS:

  • Visitors may visit these areas as their reason for entering the building.
  • Individuals in these areas should maintain social distancing. Thus, the number of individuals able to gather in common areas may need to be limited to maintain social distancing.  
  • The visitors must wear a facemask.
  • Off-duty employees should be allowed access to these areas. However, employees must have their badge in order to enter.  No additional visitors or children can accompany employees.