COVID-19 Update, June 29: Visitor Restrictions at Mid Coast Hospital

Mid Coast Hospital revises visitor policy in response to evolving COVID-19 pandemic

Recognizing the importance of visitors to the wellbeing of patients, Mid Coast Hospital has updated its policy on visiting and escorting patients.

This policy is an update to the Visitor Restrictions imposed on Friday, March 20, 2020 and updated on June 16, July 20, November 18, December 4, February 3 and March 17. This latest update will remain in effect until further notice.

All visitors and escorts must:

  • Perform hand hygiene prior to entering and upon leaving a patient’s room/care area;
  • Wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times in the facility; and
  • Not go to any locations in the facility other than the room of the patient they are visiting. The Hospital Cafe is closed to visitors at this time.

Visitors and escorts are permitted during visitor hours of 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on the Mid Coast Hospital campus in the following circumstances:

  • Pediatrics: Two parents/guardians allowed in all areas at all times.
  • Obstetrics: One spouse/coach can be present at all times. Doulas are permitted when obstetrician aware of their requested presence and they have been part of prenatal process. Patients may have up to two visitors at a time during visitor hours.
  • All Other Inpatient Areas: Up to two visitors at a time during visitor hours.
  • Patients on Palliative Care/Comfort Measures: Same guidelines as inpatient areas with ability to have up to two visitors at a time outside of normal visitor hours, with times managed by the care team.
  • Emergency Department: Up to two family members/caregivers are permitted to accompany patient, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians. Exceptions may be made for care plan discussions as arranged with the care team or for end of life. Adult patients admitted from the Emergency Department outside of visiting hours should not have visitors accompany them to the inpatient unit unless deemed necessary by the care team.
  • End-of-Life Patients: Up to four family members allowed to visit patients likely to pass away within 24 hours, with visit times to be managed by the care team.
  • Patients in Isolation for COVID-19 Infection or Being Evaluated for COVID-19 Infection: No visitors permitted except for end-of-life patients.
  • Surgical Services, Surgical Suites & Digestive Health Center: Adult patients should arrange for drop-off unless they need special assistance. A family member/caregiver may be invited into the care area near the time of discharge to discuss care and assist in discharge. Exceptions may be made in advance for patients who do not live locally. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians.
  • Medical Group Practices/Diagnostic Areas: Adult patients may come with one family member/caregiver for medical group appointments provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians.

Patients in any care setting who need help, such as with mobility or communications with the care team about their medical history or care, may be assisted by an adult escort to provide the needed assistance or support. Family/caregivers may come to care area near time of discharge to discuss care and assist in discharge.

Visitors will not be allowed in any units with an active COVID-19 outbreak.

For the full policy, please visit: www.mainehealth.org/Patients-Visitors/Visitor-Restrictions.