Visitor Policies at Bothwell’s Hospital and Clinics Are Being Relaxed
Bothwell Regional Health Center announced relaxed visitor restrictions in the hospital and in its clinics effective today, Wednesday, March 2. Additionally, visiting hours at the hospital will be their normal visiting hours, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM CST. This is according to the Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force Briefing released on Monday.
Covid-negative patients in the hospital will have no restrictions on the number of visitors, and visiting hours will revert to 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM CST.
Visits with hospital patients who are Covid-19 positive or awaiting Covid test results are still prohibited. Exceptions may be made for care purposes, end-of-life, special circumstances, or patients who are children who have disabilities.
Those accessing the Emergency Room or outpatient surgery department will allow one visitor at a time per patient due to space constraints. And Cancer Center outpatients may have one support person at a time in the cancer infusion locations.
Bothwell's Women's Health and Newborn Care have different policies in place for their three units. According to the briefing these policies are as follows:
- Labor and Delivery - Covid-negative patients may designate two birth support persons who are welcome at all times. Covid-positive patients may designate one birth support person who is welcome at all times. These designated individuals must stay the same throughout the labor and delivery process.
- Postpartum Rooms- Covid-negative patients may have unlimited visitors with a maximum of three people in the room at one time. Covid-positive patients may only have their designated birth support person in their room that was present in Labor and Delivery.
- NICU - Only the mother and her primary designated support person is allowed in the NICU Nursery.
All visitors are asked to enter through the main entrance. And all visitors are required to wear a surgical-grade or higher mask or will be given one and asked to wear it throughout their visit per CDC recommendations.
The Bothwell Cafeteria is open to employees, volunteers, and patient visitors.