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Hospital Visitation Temporary Restrictions

Last Updated September 14, 2020

Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • Skilled Nursing Units at Gulf Coast Medical Center and Lee Memorial Hospital follow the policies of their respective hospital
  • Contact HealthPark Care and Rehabilitation Hospital for visitation polices at that facility

Last Updated August 31, 2020

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 immediately, Lee Health is expanding its adult hospital visitation hours to 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m. 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, including temperature check, 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. 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 fever, or have been exposed to COVID-19 should refrain from visiting.
  • Each patient will be allowed one (1) designated visitor noted upon admission (see exception for obstetrics and pediatrics below)
  • In addition to the Obstetrics Services and Golisano Children’s Hospital 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, with the exceptions of the Café and coffee shops.
  • No visitors under the age of 12

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) 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 Sedation, Outpatient Pediatric Oncology and the Pediatric Perianesthesia areas.
  • Exceptions apply to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • No visitation allowed at this time other than compassionate care/end-of-life

Physician Practices/Outpatient Locations

  • One visitor is allowed to accompany patients throughout their appointment
  • Some exceptions may apply in certain locations such as the Regional Cancer Center

Ambulatory Procedure/Ambulatory Surgery

  • One visitor to accompany adult patients for any appointment registration process
  • Visitors accompanying patients for outpatient surgery must wait outside after registration process 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

Last Updated June 11, 2020

Beginning June 8, 2020 Lee Health is easing visitation restrictions that have been in place within its facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep everyone safe and healthy, the following rules will apply until further notice.

All facilities

  • All visitors to Lee Health facilities must practice social distancing and will be required to complete a screening process, including temperature check, 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
  • Any COVID-19 Units or patients requiring airborne precautions are restricted to compassionate care visitation only

Hospitals (HealthPark Medical Center, Gulf Coast Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital, Lee Memorial Hospital, The Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Visitation Hours
    • 10 a.m. – noon
    • 4– 6 pm
  • Each patient will be allowed one (1) designated visitor noted upon admission (see exception for obstetrics and pediatrics below)
  • Visitor will get a temperature check at the hospital entrance
  • Visitors will be required to stay in the patient’s room during visitation
  • No visitors under the age of 12
  • Compassionate care decisions are made at discretion of hospital leadership

Obstetric Services (HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital)

  • Visitation is generally limited to two (2) support persons throughout the hospital stay
  • OB Triage and OB Emergency Department is limited to one visitor
  • No visitors under the age of 12

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 Sedation, Outpatient Pediatric Oncology and the Pediatric Perianesthesia areas.
  • Exceptions apply to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • No visitation allowed at this time other than compassionate care/end-of-life

Physician Practices/Outpatient Locations

  • One visitor is allowed to accompany patients throughout their appointment
  • Some exceptions may apply in certain locations such as the Regional Cancer Center

Ambulatory Procedure/Ambulatory Surgery

  • One visitor to accompany adult patients for any appointment registration process
  • Visitors accompanying patients for outpatient surgery must wait outside after registration process 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

Last updated: April 13, 2020

As coronavirus continues to spread in our community, it is important that we take bold steps to protect our patients and mitigate the risk of exposing it to our staff. In accordance with guidance received by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH), starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, we are not allowing most visitors into our hospitals.

These procedures are in effect until further notice:

Acute Care Hospitals – Gulf Coast Medical Center, HealthPark Medical Center, Cape Coral Hospital and Lee Memorial Hospital

  • No visitors are allowed except for compassionate care situations such as end-of-life. In those cases, visitors will be limited to a specific room only and only 1 person is allowed. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the respective hospital dyad leaders or their designee as needed.
  • No children less than 12 years old will be allowed.
  • All guests or visitors entering acute care facilities will be screened at the door with three questions. If any of the answers are positive, the visitor will not be allowed to enter the facility.
  • No visitors will be allowed to enter “Person Under Investigation” rooms. This applies to obstetrics units, in addition to acute care hospitals. One parent is allowed in pediatric PUI room.
  • No visitors will be allowed to enter any isolation rooms except for compassionate use as described above. These visitors must wear appropriate protective personal equipment.

Obstetric Services at HealthPark Medical Center and Cape Coral Hospital

  • Family Birth Suites, Special Care, Antepartum and Mom/Baby units will be limited to 1 support person for visitation throughout the hospital stay.
  • No children less than 12 years old will be allowed.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

  • Until further notice, Golisano Children’s Hospital is limiting visitation to one parent or support person.  No one under the age of 12 will be allowed to accompany or stay with a patient in Golisano. We encourage the rest of the family to remain closely connected to your loved one through virtual means, like Skype, FaceTime or telephone calls.
  • For the safety of our tiniest patients, the NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital is implementing further changes to its visitation policy. Now, visitation will be limited to one person for 2 hours a day between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Additionally, visitors will be screened and examined for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before entering the NICU. We understand how difficult it can be for parents and families to not be able to visit their new baby, so we are enhancing the availability of two-way video visitation. We will lift the restrictions as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and support. We are making these changes to protect you, your loved one, and the loved ones of others in our facilities. We will ease the restrictions as soon as possible.


Updated: March 8, 2020

Due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 19) and its impact on older adults and those who may already be weakened by other illness, we are making temporary changes to our visitation policies.

  • Visitors experiencing symptoms of coughing, fever, sneezing, or runny nose, shortness of breath cannot visit until symptoms clear.
  • All visitors will complete a questionnaire before being allowed to visit
  • No visitors who have traveled outside of the United States in the previous 14 days.
  • No children under 12.
  • No more than two (2) people at time in the hospital room

Thank you for your understanding and support.