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Visitor Guidelines

Keeping our patients and employees safe is a top priority. Lake Regional welcomes visitors because patients benefit from having friends and family members involved in their care.

The following are general visitation guidelines. Please speak with your nurse or physician for information specific to your situation.

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Visiting Hours

  • Visitation is permitted every day of the week and on holidays.
  • Visitors are welcome in clinical units from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with the following exceptions:
    • Emergency Department: Visitation permitted 24/7
    • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit: Arranged by PACU nurse as appropriate
    • Outpatient areas: During hours of operation
    • Family Birth Center: Patients in labor may have their coach and other visitors at the discretion of the patient, physician and staff. The coach and other visitors may be required to leave during special procedures and treatments.
    • Patients requiring additional support may have compassionate care visitation 24 hours a day when appropriate. Overnight guests must be 18 or older.

Who Can Visit?

  • In general, we encourage patients hospitalized at Lake Regional Health System to limit visitors to two at a time, to provide a restful atmosphere. Additional visitors may be permitted with nurse or provider permission.
  • Visitors should not visit if they are not feeling well or have any symptoms of illness.
  • Visitors also should not visit if they have a pending test for COVID or either have tested positive for COVID or been exposed to COVID in the previous 10 days.
  • Parents or guardians of a minor patient may accompany their child at all times throughout the patient's stay.
  • Visitors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. In the ICU, children under the age of 12 are not permitted; children ages 12-17 may visit if accompanied by an adult.

Visitor Instructions

We encourage visitors to:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Remain in the patient's room and avoid lingering in hallways.
  • Wash their hands before and after visiting patients.
  • Limit cellphone use to promote a quiet environment.
  • Refrain from taking photographs or videos.
  • Use bathrooms as directed by unit staff.
  • Only bring in food as approved by the nursing staff.
  • Avoid delivery of plants or fresh-cut flowers in critical care areas.
  • Follow instructions pertaining to isolation and use personal protective equipment as appropriate.
  • Use approved entrances to come and go at will.
  • Designate a family spokesperson to facilitate effective communication among extended family members and hospital staff.