WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital restricting visitors

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WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital, along with other facilities in the WellStar Health System, is suspending social visitation.

This step is being taken on the recommendation of public health officials.

“WellStar understands the importance of access and has approached these changes thoughtfully to minimize disruption,” a statement said. “The health system’s focus is on balancing continued access to loved ones with the health and well-being of the most vulnerable patients.”

Prior to this decision, WellStar was conducting screenings during which visitors temperatures were checked and they were asked for a review of symptoms and recent travel history.

In addition to those precautions, further temporary visitation guidelines have been implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19. Those restriction include:

Restricted Visitation

Each facility will be suspending social visitation. Patients are encouraged to communicate through phone calls and video technology, like Skype of Facetime, wherever possible.

In line with public health guidance, visitors will be restricted from patients with confirmed COVID-19 cases, and those undergoing testing for COVID-19. The hospital will work with the families of these patients to ensure they receive frequent updates.

Children under the age of 18 will not be allowed to visit patients.

Limited Visitation

Inpatients, emergency, surgery, procedural and treatment patients are allowed one immediate family member or designated care partner per day.

Pediatric patients are allowed a maximum of two visitors.

Laboring and post-partum woman may designate one person for support.

Special consideration will be given for patients with critical needs.

WellStar is committed to keeping patients and their loved ones updated throughout this period and will continue to make updates to its visitation policy to align with public health guidance.

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