Temporary Visitation Policies

Forrest General Hospital

VISITOR POLICY

Due to the increase of COVID-19 in our state, we are implementing a visitor policy for the protection of our patients and staff. This new policy will be in effect until further notice.

ZERO Visitor Policy other than exceptions below.

The only exceptions and limitations to have only 1 visitor include:

  • Laboring mothers (1 visitor can be with the patient through labor, delivery and postpartum. The 1 visitor cannot come and go and should prepare to be with the patient the entire stay.)
  • Pediatric/NICU patients
  • End-of-life (immediate family members – spouse/parents/siblings)
  • Critically ill patients as determined by the treating physician (immediate family members – spouse/parents/siblings)
  • Patients with special needs identified by the clinical care team (example: dementia and mobility impairments with increased risk of injury)

We appreciate your patience as we transition to this policy.

Please continue to use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently with soap and water if visiting a patient. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the hospital. Please make sure that you apply hand hygiene before and after patient contact.

Highland Community Hospital, Marion General Hospital, Jefferson Davis Community Hospital, Walthall General Hospital, and Pearl River County Hospital & Nursing Home

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6 a.m., the following hospitals will implement a restricted access and visitation policy: Highland Community Hospital, Marion General Hospital, Jefferson Davis Community Hospital, Walthall General Hospital, and Pearl River County Hospital & Nursing Home. Forrest General Hospital’s entrance policy, announced in the March 16, 2020; 4:30 PM update, remains in effect.

  • No visitors allowed in Med/Surg, ICU, or Swing Bed areas.
    • All facilities have processes in order for designated patient representative/POA to obtain updated information concerning the care of their family member. Forrest Health has a form available in the FH Online Forms Repository, Form #880094, to be used for creating a code that families can utilize to receive information.
  • Emergency Services and Outpatient Services, including the clinics located within our hospital setting, will adhere to a no-visitor policy. The below exceptions allow one visitor per patient:
    • Minors under the age of 18.
    • Elderly or dementia patients with caregiver.
    • End-of-life situations
  • Labor & Delivery, and Surgery, will allow one visitor per patient.

NOTE: Per EMTALA, any patient with an emergency should be directed to the Emergency Department.