Lakeland Community Hospital gives update regarding visitor policy

HALEYVILLE - Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville released the following update in regards to visitors to the hospital in light of the amended Safer-at-Home order Governor Kay Ivey announced Wednesday, Sept. 30, which went into effect Friday, Oct. 2:

"Our hospital is currently reviewing the Governor’s amended order and will be revising our visitation policies based on the new guidance. The guidance does allow for one caregiver per patient unless there is a reason the visitation should not be allowed, such as a high prevalence of virus in the community or a large number of hospitalizations. It also refers to federal guidance that states that visitation should only be allowed for patients who are COVID-negative and who are not suspected to have COVID. Likewise, all visitors will have to be screened to ensure they do not have symptoms and have not been exposed to the virus.

"Governor Ivey’s guidance suggests we will open to caregivers October 2, 2020. This, as always, is subject to any unforeseen factors that require the delay in implementing the new guidelines.

"Our goal remains the same, to provide safe, quality health care while seeking to protect all patients, visitors and staff from the risk of the spread of the virus. In reviewing our current visitation policies, we will be working with our medical staff and others on our patient care team to identify ways to safely allow one caregiver per patient. We understand how important caregivers can be to a patient’s emotional and physical healing and will do everything we can to enable these visits.

"We would ask for the community’s patience as there will be times when such a visit will not be possible due to the danger it poses to the patient, to the caregiver or to other patients. In these situations, we urge those with questions to contact the hospital at (205) 485-7188, and you will be connected to an administrator.

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