Noyes Health to allow limited inpatient visitation beginning Thursday
DANSVILLE — Beginning Thursday, June 25, UR Medicine | Noyes Health once again will allow inpatients to have visitors at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, with significant limitations.
Noyes, along with all UR Medicine affiliate hospitals, will allow visitation in compliance with New York State’s Department of Health guidelines. These guidelines are meant to keep patients, visitors and staff as safe as possible.
“Due to the threat of potential COVID infection, it was necessary for us to restrict visitors to our buildings and to our patients. It’s been difficult for everyone,” says Amy Pollard, Noyes Health’s President and CEO. “We are happy for our patients now to be able to see and spend time with a loved one, and hope that by following these guidelines, we will continue to be able to do so.”
Limitations will be as follows:
• Visitors, 18 years of age and older only, will enter Noyes Memorial Hospital through the doors on the south side of the building, next to the Saunders Surgical Center.
• Visiting hours will be 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. every day, and are subject to change.
• Each inpatient is allowed one visitor per day during these hours, who must stay in the patient room throughout the visit. Once the visitor leaves, he or she will not be allowed to re-enter the building that day.
• Exceptions will be made for patients at end of life, or for those patients who are unable to communicate on their own due to cognitive or other disability.
Upon entry into the hospital, visitors will be given a mask to be worn throughout the visit, instructed on how to wear it properly, and educated on hand cleaning. They will be screened at the door for COVID exposure and symptoms. Noyes staff also will ask visitors to provide identification and contact information, and will be given a Visitor Badge prior to heading to the patient’s room.
Staff will enforce masking, as well as distancing in the elevator and hallways.
Visitation directives for obstetric patients will continue to be just one support person per patient during the length of the stay; however, that person will be able to leave the hospital and return during the stay.
No visitors will be allowed in the Emergency Department, in the Ambulatory Surgery areas, or for patients who are COVID-positive or suspected to be COVID-positive.
“We ask for cooperation and patience as we implement the new procedures,” says Pollard. “We know how important it is for our patients to have the company and support of loved ones while they’re here.”
Additional information on visitor guidelines can be found at noyes.urmc.edu.