Samaritan Medical Center allows hospital visits with restrictions starting Monday

Samaritan Medical Center allows hospital visits with restrictions starting Monday
Samaritan Medical Center

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Starting Monday, Watertown’s hospital will allow people to visit patients, but with some restrictions.

Samaritan Medical Center announced Friday that it’s welcoming back inpatient visitors for a limited amount of time each day.

This does not apply to all areas of the hospital or to long-term care facilities, Samaritan Keep Home and Summit Village.

Inpatient visitors will be asked exposure-related questions and have their temperature taken as they enter.

Here are the rules for inpatient visitors:

- Visiting hours will be from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day

- Only one visitor at a time is allowed at the bedside

- Only visitors over the age of 18 are allowed

- Visitors must enter through the Registration entrance (near the parking garage) and be checked in

- Visitors must exit through the registration area by 6 p.m., when visiting hours end. They must check out with the staff at the door.

- Visitors must be prepared to show ID, must wear a face mask, and must be prepared to be screened

- Visitors will not be allowed into the building if they have a fever, symptoms or have had significant exposure, such as travel to high-risk areas within the last 14 days.

- Visitors will be asked to visibly wear the visitor ID name tag provided at entry

- Visitors must keep their masks on at all times, practice meticulous hand hygiene, and stay in the room of the person that they are visiting

Obstetric inpatients:

- One partner (support person) and/or doula is allowed per patient in active labor and may stay throughout labor, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period, including recovery. The support person and doula are the only guests allowed to be present during the patient’s care

- These visitors must enter through the Car-Freshner Center for Women and Children entrance (on Sherman Street)

Patients under the age of 18:

- One parent or guardian essential to patient care may enter for any outpatient visit, emergency department visit or hospitalization

- During a hospitalization, two support people may be delegated, but only one may be present at a time.

Nursery/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients:

- Birth parent(s) may enter – both will receive identification bands and must remain in the patient room at all times for the duration of the visit

- Visitors must enter through the rotunda entrance (connector between the hospital and Samaritan Keep Home)

End-of-life patients:

- One family member and/or legal or pastoral representative is allowed at the bedside

- Two support people may be delegated, but only one at a time may enter

- Visitors must enter through the rotunda entrance (connector between the hospital and Samaritan Keep Home)

Patients who are coming to the hospital for laboratory, rehabilitation services, radiology or the emergency department cannot have a visitor present unless they meet the following criteria:

- The patient requires a support person due to an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD) or a cognitive impairment, including dementia

- The patient is under the age of 18.

Visitation policy for surgical patients has not changed. They are not able to have visitors; they must enter through the main entrance and their support person will be kept in close communication throughout their procedure.

No visitors will be allowed in rooms of COVID-19 Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) or COVID-19 positive patients, unless at end-of-life.

No other visitors will be allowed at Samaritan Medical Center at this time.

SMC encourages all patients to continue calling the hospital’s Resource Line if they have questions or think they may have symptoms of COVID-19 or concerns in general. Call 315-755-3100 – 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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