GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Tidelands Health says they are adjusting their hospital visitation policy to allow one adult support partner.
As COVID-19 continues to spread in the community, Tidelands Health says they will be adjusting the visitation policy for its hospitals effective Thursday.
Tidelands Health Senior Communications Strategist Dawn Bryant says, with some exceptions, the health system will allow one adult support partner per hospitalized patient per day at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital.
Bryant says a support partner must be 18 or older and visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
For the safety of patients, staff and family members, Bryant says patients in COVID-19 isolation and patients in the critical care unit may not be visited by a support partner.
Emergency department patients may be accompanied by a support partner after the patient has been assessed and determined not to have COVID-19, but exceptions may be made for end-of-life situations and other special circumstances, Bryant says.
All patient-support partners will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the door, including a temperature check, as part of Tidelands Health’s Safe in Our Care initiative, the health care system says.
Anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees will not be allowed to enter and Tidelands Health says a face mask must be worn at all times on their property.
“We again thank the community for your understanding as our team continues to respond to COVID-19,” Tidelands Health Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Gerald Harmon said. “We will continue to assess COVID-19 spread in our community and adjust our hospital visitation policy as needed to protect our patients, staff and community members.”
In addition to in-person visitation, extended family, friends, church members and others who wish to offer support to a patient can visit virtually via video call or send a cheer card.
Patient loved ones may also create a free, personal site through caringbridge.org to share news, schedule support for errands and household chores, set up a meal train and more.
Bryant says patients who need assistance from the business office should reach out by phone.
For the Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital business office, call 843-652-1020.
For the business office at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, call 843-652-8201.
Tidelands Health continues to remind community members to do their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community: wear a face mask in public, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently.