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Hospital Visitation Temporary Restrictions

Last Updated April 6, 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 March 8, 2021, Lee Health is expanding its adult visitation hours to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patients will also now be allowed two (2) visitors at a time.

The following visitation guidelines remain in place:

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.
  • Each patient is allowed up to have two (2) visitors at a time
  • 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 12.

Emergency Department

  • 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.

ICU

  • 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.

Obstetric Services (HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital)

  • Visitation is limited to the same two (2) support persons throughout the hospital stay
  • OB Triage at Cape Coral and OB Emergency Department at HealthPark is limited to one visitor
  • Two support persons are allowed in Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby, and the Antepartum units
  • One support person may spend the night with maternity patients after delivery or on the Antepartum unit.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

  • Each patient will be allowed two (2) visitors noted upon admission (over 12 years of age) can be with the patient, in their room, at all times. This also includes the Sedation, Outpatient Pediatric Oncology and the Pediatric Perianesthesia areas.

Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • Contact the Skilled Nursing Units at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Lee Memorial Hospital and HealthPark Care and Rehabilitation Hospital for visitation polices at the facilities.
  • Temperature checks are still required at Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Physician Practices/Outpatient Locations

  • One visitor is allowed to accompany patients throughout their appointment.
  • Exceptions may be allowed, at the discretion of the physician and the office leadership.  
  • Some exceptions may apply in certain locations such as the Regional Cancer Center.

Outpatient Locations

  • One visitor is allowed to accompany patients throughout their appointment.
  • Some exceptions may apply due to space availability or clinical reasons at certain locations such as the Regional Cancer Center.

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.
  • Visitors accompanying patients for outpatient surgery must wait outside after pre-op is complete.
  • Visitor will be permitted to reunite with patient when ready for discharge. Discharge instructions can be shared with patient and visitor.
  • Pediatrics: One parent may stay with their child plus one guest above 12 years of age.

The Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Each patient can have two (2) visitors for the duration of their stay but only one visitor per patient in the room at a time
  • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room at all times while on the unit unless identified for family training needs
  • To ensure masking requirement is met, no visitor eating while in the room.