Visitation Policy – Effective July 1, 2021
We want to help our patients heal to the best of our ability, and improving patient access to their loved ones during hospitalization will aid in that effort.
We are pleased to announce that declining numbers of COVID-19 cases and positivity rates combined with the availability of vaccines allow Methodist Hospitals to return to more normal visitation procedures.
Visiting hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All visitors must be aged 18 or older
Non-COVID patients may have two visitors at a time with no limits to daily visitors. This applies to both inpatient and outpatient areas.
We are pleased to be able to offer loved ones greater access to COVID patients at this time. COVID patients may have two visitors per day, with one visit for each visitor – once the visitor leaves the patient room they may not return until the next day. To ensure the safety of both patients and visitors, visitors to COVID-19 patients must:
- Check in at the nurses’ station for instruction on necessary PPE use before entering the patient room.
- Wear masks and maintain social distancing
- Sanitize hands on entering and leaving the patient’s room
Visitors may access all public areas of the hospitals, including gift shops, cafes and waiting areas.
The following safety precautions will remain in place:
- All visitors will still be required to wear masks at all times
- Symptom checks will continue
- Temp check stations will remain for voluntary temperature checks
COVID-19 is a contagious disease, and there is risk of exposure in any public space. Seniors and those with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk, as are those who are unvaccinated. Methodist Hospitals strongly encourages all its guests to get vaccinated at one of our convenient vaccine clinics.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to keep our patients and their families safe in our facilities.
We are practicing aggressive cleaning protocols throughout our facilities. Methodist Hospitals’ environmental services team increased its rounds and provided disinfectants to individual departments for hourly cleaning between those rounds.
Methodist Hospitals is following the latest CDC masking guidelines. We have also reorganized waiting areas and adopted scheduling procedures to have fewer people in waiting areas to reduce wait times and to promote social distancing.
Controlling Access to our Facilities
All those entering Methodist Hospitals facilities are screened for symptoms.