Under policy, sharing visitation not permitted; COVID-19 patients not permitted visitation, as has remained consistent throughout pandemic

Piedmont Fayette Hospital started restricting visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The hospital will now allow one visitor per patient, per day, as long as the patient is not being treated for COVID-19, which has been Piedmont Healthcare’s policy since the start of the pandemic. Sharing a visitation day is not permitted.

Effective Monday, Sept. 21, Piedmont Fayette will allow patients on in-patient units to have one visitor per day. The hospital’s emergency department will allow one visitor to accompany non-COVID patients. Outpatient services will allow one visitor to accompany a patient per visit. Patients and visitors arriving for lab or imaging procedures will receive a sticker with the day’s date after being screened. In Labor and Delivery, one identified support person will be allowed throughout the patient’s stay. In the NICU, only the mother and security band holder will be allowed. Visitation is allowed on these units 24/7. All visitors are required to wear a mask in the hospital at all times.

“The safety of our patients and staff remains our top priority,” said Steve Porter, Piedmont Fayette’s CEO. “We believe that by limiting the number of visitors and continuing our screening procedures we can keep everyone safe, while also reinforcing the important connections between patients and their loved ones.”

Piedmont Fayette encourages friends and family members to remain closely connected to their loved ones in the hospital through virtual means. Email messages to patients can be sent to PFHFeelTheLove@piedmont.org and apps such as Skype, Zoom, DUO or FaceTime can be used to set up virtual face to face meetings. 

For more information about Piedmont Healthcare’s response to COVID-19, please visit piedmont.org.