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Hospital Visitation Temporary Restrictions

Last Updated September 1, 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.

General hospital visitation hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Effective August 12, visitation will be limited to one person at a time per patient, except for the areas with special circumstances outlined below. Patients do not need to specify or limit who visits; rather, the new guideline is that they can only have one visitor at a time in their room.

Overall

  • 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, exceptions for compassionate care circumstances may be by nursing 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 12

Emergency Department

  • Due to the current capacity and the highly contagious nature of the COVID-19 delta variant, we are restricting visitation in our emergency departments until further notice. Visitors will only be granted access in the ED for compassionate care or if they are needed to gather information related to providing care (and thus allowed in the ED at the discretion of our staff).
  • This change to ED visitation is in place at Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital and Lee Health Coconut Point. At Golisano Children's Hospital, visitation in the ED will be limited to two (2) support people (parent/guardian/support person).
  • Patients in the Obstetrics Emergency Department are not allowed to have visitors at this time. Significant others may join the patient upon admission.

ICU

  • One (1) visitor is allowed to participate in ICU rounding if invited by ICU leadership or physician.  Please inquire at the hospital about the time of daily rounds.
  • Exceptions may be allowed for compassionate care visitation at the discretion of the Intensivist/nursing staff.

Maternity Services

  • Patients in the Obstetrics Emergency Department are not allowed to have visitors at this time. Significant others may join the patient upon admission.
  • In Labor and Delivery, Mother Baby and Antepartum units, patients are allowed two (2) support persons.
  • COVID positive maternity patients are limited to one support person.
  • Only one (1) support person may spend the night.
  • Children under 12 years of age are not permitted at this time.

Lee Convenient Care

  • Visitors are restricted at Lee Convenient Care clinics until further notice.
  • Visitors will only be granted access to the clinics if they are needed to gather information related to providing care, or in the event of a special circumstance, which would be at the discretion of the clinic staff.

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.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

  • Each patient will be allowed two (2) designated visitors noted upon admission (over 12 years of age) can be with the patient, in their room, at all times. This also includes the Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Sedation, Outpatient Pediatric Oncology and the Pediatric Perianesthesia areas.
  • At Golisano Children's Hospital, visitation in the ED will be limited to two (2) support people (parent/guardian/support person).
  • To reduce the risk of spreading a contagious disease, COVID-19 patients or patients requiring airborne precautions are restricted to one designated visitor noted upon admission, will remain with the patient, in their room, at all times.
  • Exceptions apply to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)