Hospital Visitation Temporary Restrictions
Last Updated July 20, 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee Health continues to collaborate with and follow the guidance of local, state, and government officials. Visitation plans are developed in consideration of patient, staff and public safety but also to meet the emotional and care needs of patients.
Effective July 2, 2021, Lee Health has lifted its pandemic hours restrictions. Visitation hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. As necessary for patient care, the number of visitors in a room at one time may be limited at the discretion of the patient’s care team.
The following visitation guidelines remain in place:
- All visitors to Lee Health facilities must practice social distancing and will be required to complete a screening process and sanitize their hands with alcohol-based gel before visitation.
- All visitors are required to provide their own mask and wear it at all times. Visitors who violate this policy may be asked to leave the facility.
- For surgeries, patients are allowed one visitor during pre-op.
- Ventilated masks are not allowed as they let expelled breath into the air.
- To reduce the risk of spreading a contagious disease, COVID-19 patients or patients requiring airborne precautions are restricted to compassionate care visitation only.
- Individuals who are ill, have a fever or have been exposed to COVID-19 should refrain from visiting.
- In addition to department-specific exceptions noted below, additional exceptions may include inpatient hospice, in support of patients with disabilities or for compassionate care at the discretion of the hospital attending or hospital leadership.
- Visitation is limited to the patient’s room. Visitors may go to the coffee shop, Subway or cafeteria while masked at all times. Food and beverage must be immediately taken back to the patient’s room for consumption. Visitors are required to wear masks in patient rooms, and should put their mask back on if someone else enters room while they are eating and/or drinking. Visitors are not allowed to eat in the cafeteria.
- No visitors under the age of 2.
- One visitor will be allowed to be with the patient once the initial evaluation is complete (Nursing assessment, IV, lab, EKG, X-ray)
- Exceptions may be made based on the acuity of the patient at the discretion of the physician/nursing staff.
- Two visitors are allowed to participate in ICU rounding (8 a.m. – noon)
- Exceptions may be allowed for compassionate care visitation at the discretion of the Intensivist/nursing staff
- No visitors under the age of 12
Obstetric Services (HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital)
- No visitation for children under the age of 2.
- Siblings age 2-12 are allowed to visit and must wear a mask.
- Visitation is allowed for anyone age 12 and over.
Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Contact the Skilled Nursing Units at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Care and Rehabilitation Hospital for visitation policies at the facilities.
- Temperature checks are still required at Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Ambulatory Procedure/Ambulatory Surgery
- One (1) visitor to accompany adult patients for any appointment registration process.
- This one (1) visitor may stay with the patient during pre-op.
- This one (1) visitor is allowed to wait in the facility waiting area during the procedure. They must wear a mask and are not allowed to wander the facility while waiting.
- Pediatrics: One parent may stay with their child plus one guest above 12 years of age.
- No visitors under the age of 2 in Pediatrics Intensive Care (PICU)
- No visitors under the age of 12 in Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) with the exception of siblings ages 3-11.