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Winchester Medical Center COVID-19 Visitation Exceptions

For the safety of our patients, staff and community at this time social visits remain restricted. We are allowing patients to choose if they wish to have a Care Partner present to provide physical and emotional support. For help wayfinding through the hospital, download our WMC Campus Guide mobile app.

Due to increased COVID-19 rates, Valley Health is making the following changes, effective November 21:

System-Wide Hospital Care Partner Policies

  • One Care Partner is allowed in the facility per patient, per day.
  • Care partners may switch-out after a 24-hour period.
  • All Care Partners must check in and check out daily and must have a valid photo I.D.

Health screening and hand hygiene will occur upon entrance at Winchester Medical Center. Masks will be worn throughout all hospital public areas and when the health care team is in the patient’s room.

Emergency Department

Patients may have one visitor. Upon inpatient admission, patients may choose if they would like their one visitor to become a Care Partner.

Outpatient Procedural/Surgical Areas

Patients may have one designated visitor wait in designated waiting areas as directed.

Inpatient Procedural/Surgical Areas

Visitation is limited to one Care Partner per patient, per day. The designated Care Partner of the day is permitted inside the hospital before and during a procedure.

Inpatient Units

Patients in non-COVID care units can designate one Care Partner, who should enter through the South Tower entrance. Visitation is limited to one Care Partner per patient, per day.

Women and Children’s Units

  • Labor & Delivery – Visitation is limited to one Care Partner who may remain with Mom throughout labor and after delivery (24/7). This Care Partner must enter through the North Tower (2nd floor) Skywalk.
  • Mother/Baby – Visitation is limited to one Care Partner per patient, per day. A single Care Partner may remain with Mom throughout labor and after delivery (24/7). Care partners may switch-out after a 24-hour period, entering/exiting through the South Tower entrance.
  • Pediatrics – Visitation is limited to one Care Partner per patient, per day. Care partners may switch-out after a 24-hour period, entering/exiting through the South Tower entrance, then confining themselves to the unit.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – For the safety of our tiniest patients, visitation is limited to one Care Partner per patient, per day. Care partners may switch-out after a 24-hour period, entering/exiting through the South Tower entrance, then confining themselves to the unit.

End of Life (EOL) Patients

While there are no visiting hour restrictions for EOL visits, time and number of visitors will be managed within reason by the clinical team. If requested, clergy will be allowed to administer last rites or other religious end of life customs.

Updated 11/20/2020; Effective beginning 11/21/2020