Southeast Health changes policies for limited visitation


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Southeast Health has made changes to its visitation policy to allow limited visitation for non-COVID-19 patients, according to its website.

As of this Wednesday, healthy visitors will be allowed in based on specific criteria for different kinds of patients. The policies go as follows:

  • Caregivers — Patients who need a caregiver due to mental health needs or developmental delays may have one support person at all times
  • Non-COVID-19 inpatients — May have one visitor or support person a day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. These visitors need to check in at Entrance 2 on the upper level of the East Parking Deck.
  • Pediatric patients — May have one parent or guardian at all times.
  • Obstetrics patients — One partner or birth support person at all times
  • End-of-life patients — May have one to two visitors at a time
  • Neonatal (NICU) — May have the mother or one support person allowed during routine visiting hours. Rotating or substituting support persons will not be allowed within a 24-hour time frame
  • Surgical and procedural areas — One visitor can come with the patient to help them in the hospital and to help them through discharge. Waiting rooms are closed.
  • Outpatient areas — No visitors allowed unless they are with a minor or if they’re needed for a safety reason.
  • Doctors Building patients — May have one guest who must stay in the building during the appointment
  • Behavioral medicine — No visitors allowed. Telephone visits are encouraged.

COVID-19 patients will not have visitors unless they are at the end of their life. In those situations, they may have one visitor at the bedside who is approved by the doctor and must follow strict instructions.

Currently, Southeast Health is treating 75 people for COVID-19.

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