Beebe Healthcare limits visiting hours, requires surgical masks

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Beebe Healthcare has limited visitation hours but will allow one patient visitor a day.

Patients can have one well visitor each day from 2-7 p.m. at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus (Beebe Hospital). The visitor may not rotate throughout the day. Beebe has medical facilities in coastal Sussex County.

All visitors will be required to wear a surgical mask. Visitors who do not have one upon check-in will have one provided. The policy includes the Lewes Campus, the South Coastal Campus, and Tunnell Cancer Center.

Patients being discharged from the hospital are allowed one well visitor 30 minutes before discharge to help with care instructions.

As a continuation of Beebe’s existing policy, visitors are not permitted for Covid-19 patients and patients who could have Covid-19 except for special circumstances.

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Additional considerations are made for labor & delivery, surgery patients, and end-of-life patients. Pediatric patients may have two well parents or caregivers.

ChristianaCare, the state’s largest hospital system, imposed restrictions earlier this week in response to a surge in cases that included a one-day total of more than 3,000 positive tests.

“Beebe Healthcare reviews our county and health system’s status several times daily.  With an increase in hospitalizations at Beebe and across the state, we have once again decided to limit the hours for visitation,” said David A. Tam, MD, CEO, Beebe Healthcare. “Due to the rapidly increasing spread of the Omicron variant, we have also decided to standardize our mask requirements. Visitors are to wear surgical masks for their safety as well as the safety of our patients and team members.  As always, Beebe requests the community’s help and support by getting vaccinated and remaining vigilant about staying healthy.”

Visitors are asked to remain with the patient to limit movement throughout the hospital. Visitors may also be asked to leave if the care team deems decides it is necessary for any clinical reason. Clergy do not count toward the patient’s visitor limit

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