Pearl River County Hospital 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).
- Patients will be allowed 2 visitors at a time. Visitors must be 12 years of age or older.
- Inpatients will be allowed one overnight visitor
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 795-4543 ext. 2107 to receive instructions for the retrieving the documentation.
INPATIENTS AND OUTPATIENTS
Patients are allowed 2 visitors at a time.
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.
Inpatients and outpatients (including ER) 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.
Exception: Patients not under suspicion of COVID who have been tested for screening purposes will be allowed visitors per the above guidelines
Emergency Department, Additional Guidance
- Two visitors at a time will be permitted in the Emergency Room with the patient. Others will be allowed to wait in the waiting area as space for social distancing permits. Masks are required at all times.
- Exceptions will be made in end-of-life and special circumstances. 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. 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 per patient or patient’s family request.
- 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, up to six visitors will be allowed at the same time and may swap out as needed as long as patient care is not interrupted.
- Any minors will be counted as a visitor.
- Liaisons from non-Forrest Health post-acute facilities, (TCM Nurses) such as long-term acute care, acute rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities, are allowed in our facilities.
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. Essential non-FGH delivery personnel are encouraged to wear an FGH-provided facemask while in the facility.