STATEWIDE, Colo. (KRDO)-- UCHealth's new patient visitation policy went live Monday, October 18th, according to UCHealth. The hospitals website reads, "For the safety of our patients, providers and staff, beginning Monday, Oct. 18, most patients may have 1 visitor or support person per day."
Visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors are required to wear an approved mask in hospital facilities. According to UCHealth, the measure is to protect visitors, patients and staff alike. Masks with release valves, neck gaiters and bandanas are not considered approved masks.
All visitors will also be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before they are allowed to enter a UCHealth facility. If a visitor shows signs of COVID-19, they will not be allowed to enter except for medical care.
There are some exceptions to the policy. If a patient has a disability and requires support or specialized services, they should contact the Patient Representative Offices, or speak with their nurse, provider or someone at the information desk.
Here are the overall rules to the new visitation policy at UCHealth:
- No visitors testing positive for COVID-19 or awaiting COVID-19 test results.
- No visitors under 16 years old.
- Patients may bring a child under the age of 16 to outpatient clinic visits. However, UCHealth encourages all patients to find child care during their appointment time. Children over the age of 2 must wear a mask at all times.
- Minors may have two visitors a day, but they must be their parents or guardians.
- End-of-life exceptions are mad on a case by case basis.
- Support persons may be asked to wait in an area separate from the patient
- OB patients (Obstetrician-Gynecology) are allowed two visitors per day. Doulas are considered as support persons.
- OB patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are allowed one visitor during their hospital stay.