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Visitor Policy

New Visitor Policy - Effective 11/24/21

To help prevent further community spread of COVID-19, we have implemented the following visitor rules as of November 24, 2021.

Adult Inpatient Units: No visitors are currently permitted.

Behavioral Health: Visitation times vary and must be scheduled in advance by calling 207-430-7000.

Obstetrics: One spouse/coach allowed.

Emergency Department: Visitors are not allowed to wait in the ED. Exceptions will be made for care plan discussions as arranged with the care team or for end of life. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians.

End of Life in any inpatient area, including COVID positive patients and PUIs: Up to four family members may visit patients likely to expire within 24 hours (all areas) – visit times to be managed by the care team.

Patients in isolation for COVID-19 infection or being evaluated for COVID-19 infection: No visitation except for extenuating circumstances as determined by the care team. Visitors must wear appropriate PPE.

Physician Practices: Adult patients should come alone or arrange for drop-off and pick-up unless they need special assistance. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by one parent or guardian. Obstetrics patients may be accompanied by one spouse/coach.

Ambulatory/Diagnostic Areas: Adult patients should come alone or arrange for drop-off and pick-up unless they need special assistance. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing. Obstetrics ultrasound patients may be accompanied by one spouse/coach.

All visitors and escorts must:

1. Perform hand hygiene prior to entering and upon leaving the patient’s room/care area;
2. Remain at least six feet from the patient at all times (as much as possible);
3. Wear a mask at all times in the facility, including patient rooms;
4. Cover mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing, use and dispose of tissues and perform hand hygiene after contact with respiratory secretions; and
5. Not go to any locations in the facility other than the room of the patient they are visiting. Hospital cafeterias are closed to visitors at this time.

All visitors/escorts are subject to screening for COVID-19. Visitors/escorts with any COVID-19 symptoms will NOT be allowed to enter SMHC facilities.

These restrictions are for the protection of patients, employees, visitors and the public, are consistent with guidance from governmental authorities, and are adopted for the purpose of reducing the potential for propagation of the COVID-19 virus.