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Temporary Changes to Visitor Policies

Due to social distancing guidelines, we strongly discourage visitors during outpatient clinic appointments and through the duration of a patient’s hospital stay. However, we understand that during appointments or hospital stays, additional support or assistance from a loved one may be needed.

Beginning June 8, one identified visitor is permitted at all FMC facilities. This identified visitor should be the same person for the duration of the patient appointment or stay. For the safety of patients, visitors and staff, patients with confirmed COVID-19 and patients under investigation for COVID-19 are not permitted to have visitors at Fairfield Medical Center.

 


Visitors at all Fairfield Medical Center facilities are required to:

  •  Bring and wear their own face covering and have their temperature screened upon entry to the building(s)
  •  While in Fairfield Medical Center facilities, visitors should remain in the patient’s room or exam area, respect social distancing guidelines and practice hand hygiene
  •  Visitors are asked to please avoid leaving and re-entering the building(s)

Visitors should be:

  •  18 years of age or older
  •  Immediate family members, those holding power of attorney, guardians or patient representatives
  •  Healthy with no symptoms of illness, including cough, fever, or shortness of breath
    •  If symptoms present during visitation, please notify a staff member

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for:

  •   Maternity unit – Maternity patients are allowed one identified support person in the facility. This person will have an identification band readily visible for staff to check. This person will not change during the patient’s stay. In addition to the one support person, doulas are permitted with the return and presentation of a negative COVID screen. A mother who has delivered and been readmitted, newborns are permitted with a caregiver in the room.
  •   Children under 18-years old admitted to the hospital are allowed two caregivers
  •   Patients receiving end-of-life care – three visitors are permitted at a time

Please call 740-243-1099 to learn more about visitation exceptions.


Cardiac Rehab Gym

The Cardiac Rehab Gym at 401 N. Ewing St. is only accessible to current patients of FMC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehab Program and not open to the public at this time.

Main Campus Visitation 401 N. Ewing St., Lancaster From 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Fairfield Medical CenterFor the safety of patients, visitors and staff, patients with confirmed COVID-19 and patients under investigation for COVID-19 are not permitted to have visitors.

All other patients in private rooms are allowed one identified visitor between the hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For the safety of patients and staff, the one identified visitor will not change during the duration of the patient’s hospital stay.

  •  All identified visitors must utilize the Main or Emergency Department entrance of Fairfield Medical Center when entering and exiting the building.
  •  The cafeteria, coffee bar and Wishes Gift Shop are offering limited hours and are available for visitors. Restrooms are available inside lobby entrances.
  •  All visitors should stay in the patient’s room for the duration of the visit. With the exception of diagnostic, surgical or procedural patients, visitors are not permitted to wait in lobbies or common areas, including any and all areas of the hospital — lobbies, waiting areas, or any other common space. We are trying to decrease the number of people throughout the facility to help control the possible spread of germs.
  •  Visitors are strongly discouraged from visiting patients who are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including patients who are older adults or who have an underlying medical condition.
  •  Visitors will be asked to leave the facility in the event of the following:
    •  If the patient needs a high risk of exposure procedure performed (aerosol-generating procedure or respiratory specimen collection)
    •  Visitors experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, such as cough, fever or shortness of breath

Staying in Touch with Your Loved One During Their Stay

We understand that these times are difficult, and having limited visitation with your loved one can be unsettling. We want to help alleviate some of your stress, and our goal is to help you stay connected.

  • If your loved one is admitted to an inpatient unit at the hospital, they will provide one approved contact name and number to receive daily updates and any relevant legal documents (power of attorney, living will or proof of guardianship).
  • Your loved one’s HIPAA identification number will be given to you upon approval as the primary contact for updates. This number will be needed whenever you call to speak to a staff member about updates on your loved one’s care.
  • Between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., you may call in to speak to a staff member for an update on your loved one’s plan of care. Call 740-687-8000, and you will be directed to the location of the patient. Be sure you have the patient’s HIPAA identification number ready.Man holding smartphone
  •   The patient will be offered an iPad or telephone to connect with you between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  •   If you would like to set up a video chat appointment or phone call with your loved one, please call 740-687-8555.
  •   Between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., a staff member will be responsible for calling the designated patient contact with an update on the plan of care.

If there is a change in your loved ones condition which requires immediate lifesaving intervention, we will notify the designated patient contact.

Some helpful information to note:

  •   The average time a person is in the emergency department is 3-3.5 hours before they are discharged or admitted.
  •   The average time for test results to come back is 1.5-2 hours.
  •   Some visitor exceptions are granted – click here to learn more. All visitors who meet the exception criteria will have their temperature checked upon entry. Restrooms are available inside the North Lobby entrance.
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