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SGMC Updated Visitation Policy and Guidelines

Posted on: October 1st, 2021

We continue to be mindful of the transmission and community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to protect patients, family members, staff and the community. Please help us by following the visitation guidelines outlined below.

  • Inpatients who aren’t positive for COVID-19 are allowed one visitor at a time.
  • Outpatient surgery patients are allowed two visitors at a time.
  • Emergency Room patients are allowed one visitor at a time.
  • Labor and Delivery patients who are positive for COVID-19 are allowed one designated visitor during labor and no visitors post-delivery.
  • Labor and Delivery patients who aren’t positive for COVID-19 are allowed two designated visitors during labor and one may stay overnight.
  • Non-COVID-19 patients on 3T and 4T are allowed one visitor at a time between 9am-11am and 3pm-6pm.
  • Inpatient Rehab patients are allowed one visitor at a time Monday-Saturday, noon-1pm and 4pm-8:30pm, and on Sunday from 10am-8:30pm.
  • Overnight stays are not allowed, except for Labor and Delivery, Post-Partum and Pediatric patients.
  • COVID-19 positive patients are not allowed visitors at this time except for those requiring special considerations. We encourage texting, phone and video chats.
  • Visitors must be 18 or older except for those under 18 who are parents of patients.

Visitation will be allowed under these special considerations:

  • Patient who is at end-of-life.
  • Patients who have cognitive or communicative disabilities or issues, a support person will be allowed to accompany a patient throughout their stay, whether inpatient or outpatient, according to the qualifiers of outlined by the Office for Civil Rights.

What you can expect when you arrive

VISITOR SCREENING

Visitors can expect to receive a temperature screening and be asked the following questions:

  • Do you have respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have you been in contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

If you have a temperature of 100.0 or above and answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you will not be allowed to visit.

VISITORS MUST

  • Receive a brief screening upon entry and an authorization badge
  • Wear the surgical mask provided by the screener at all times while inside the hospital (even if fully vaccinated)
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the hospital and patient rooms
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Remain in patients room, except to use the restroom, get something to eat or drink, or to exit to the lobby

  • We strongly discourage visitors over the age of 70 with chronic health conditions.
  • Exceptions to these restrictions may be granted by the patient’s care team.

Visitor Entrances

The main entrance will remain closed at this time. Other entrances are identified in the map below.

Entrance Hours of Operation

  • Parking Deck: 9am-8:30pm
  • Emergency: Open 24/7
  • Dasher Heart Center/Outpatient: Open M-F, 9am-8:30pm

SGMC Berrien Campus

  • All guidelines above.
  • Visitors can only enter through the main lobby.
  • No visitors allowed in the Dogwood Senior Health Center GPU.

SGMC Lanier Campus

  • All guidelines above.
  • Visitors can only enter through the main lobby.
  • Visitation Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday, 9-11am and 5-7pm
  • No visitors allowed in the SGMC Lakeland Villa.

South Georgia Medical Center will continue to update its website based on the latest events related to the COVID-19. This page was last updated on August 9, 2021.