WEST FELICIANA, La (BRPROUD) – South Louisana hospitals are changing visitation policies to better protect people as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state.
“We are constantly updating, we actually just updated our visitation policy a week ago,” said Angel Noble, Director of Nursing at West Feliciana Parish Hospital.
Patients like Brenda Miller hate that visitation restrictions are coming back, but she understands the importance of the changes.
“I hate it, but they have to do whatever they need to do to keep it from spreading,” Miller said.
Noble said these policies are put in place for everyone’s safety.
“As the cases are going up and we are getting new information we are updating our policies to try to keep everyone as safe as possible,” Noble said.
Visitors help patients when they need them the most.
“It is a part of the healing process, “Noble said. “We do find that our patients tend to do better whenever they have visitors.”
Miller said that she is grateful for the hospitals that are taking proactive steps to keep patients and staff safe.
“It’s really important that everybody does what they can do so it doesn’t spread,” Miller said.
And nurses like Noble feel safer as well.
“I do think it gives us a little more sense of safety and us having these restrictions in place,” Noble said.
Hospital staff said that stricter visitation policies could be in the near future.
“In the beginning, there were a lot more stricter than they are now and so we just kind of adjust with what the numbers and the statistics are showing,” said Miller.
WEST FELICIANA HOSPITAL VISITATION GUIDELINES:
- COVID Positive and Suspected COVID Positive — NO Visitors
- Non-COVID Skilled, Acute, Observation, and Hospice — Only 2 visitors (aged 12 or older) who pass screening at a time in the patient’s room. One visitor who passes screening will be allowed to spend the night with the patient if desired. Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.
- Emergency Department — One visitor ONLY is allowed in the room with the patient and up to 3 visitors who pass screening in the waiting room.
- Outpatients — Patients may have one visitor who passes screening to accompany them during their appointment.
- Outpatient Procedures — Patients undergoing outpatient procedures may have two designated visitors who pass screening that will be permitted to assist with the arrival, registration, and the post-procedure process.