lexington medical center

Lexington Medical Center at 2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia - Cola Daily file photo

Officials from Lexington Medical Center notified the public Tuesday that the hospital is implementing additional changes to its visitation policies. The changes will go into effect Tuesday, and are broken down by department:

Inpatients (non-COVID-19)

No visitors allowed.

Emergency department

One visitor is allowed to accompany a non-COVID-19 patient. If the emergency department lobby reaches capacity, the visitor must wait in their vehicle until patient goes to an exam room. The visitor must stay in the patient's exam room at all times, and may accompany the patient to his/her inpatient room if admitted. Visitors can only stay in inpatient rooms for 1 to 2 hours to get the patient settled, talk with the nurse and provide any additional information prior to leaving.

Obstetrics

A spouse or support person is permitted while the patient is in labor and after delivery on the mother/baby unit. The spouse/support person must remain with the patient throughout her stay, and must not leave hospital. If the spouse/support person leaves, they will not be permitted to return.

Special Care Nursery

The birth parent and her support person are allowed in the Special Care Nursery. They must both have the infant identification bracelet.

Surgical/Procedural Areas (inpatient and outpatient)

One visitor is permitted in the specific lobby during the patient's surgery or procedure. The visitor may help settle the patient into their room if admitted. The visitor can only stay in the inpatient's room for 1 to 2 hours to get the patient settled, talk with the nurse and provide any additional information prior to leaving.

No visitors will be allowed for patients with COVID-19 or who are suspected of testing positive for COVID-19. Visitors under 18 years old are prohibited.

All approved visitors must wear a face mask while in any LMC facility. Visitors must keep masks on at all times, including patient rooms. All approved visitors will be screened by staff before entering LMC facilities and may have to leave based on their screening results. All approved visitors must sign in/out at the Guest Services desk.

The south entrance of the hospital is currently closed. All approved visitors must use the main entrance off East Hospital Drive. Additional information can be found on lexmed.com.

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