Noyes to allow limited visits

Nicholas Noyes Hospital in Dansville has changed its visitation rules to once again allow visitors for inpatient patients. The visits come with significant limitations.

DANSVILLE — UR Medicine | Noyes Health will begin allowing inpatients to have visitors at Noyes Memorial Hospital, 111 Clara Barton St., though there will be significant limitations for those visitors.

Noyes, along with all UR Medicine affiliate hospitals, will allow visitation in complicate with state Department of Health guidelines, the healthcare facility announced Wednesday afternoon.

The guidelines, which will begin Nov. 5, are meant to keep patients, visitors and staff as safe as possible, Noyes officials said.

Individuals who have traveled outside New York State in the past 14 days, must present documentation of a negative COVID test before they are able to enter to visit.

Limitations will be as follows:

n Visitors, 18 years of age and older only, will enter Noyes Memorial Hospital through the doors on the south side of the building, next to the Saunders Surgical Center.

n Visiting hours will be 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. every day, and are subject to change.

n Each inpatient is allowed one visitor per day during these hours. The visitor must stay in the patient room throughout the visit. Once the visitor leaves, he or she will not be allowed to re-enter the building that day.

n Exceptions will be made for patients at end of life, or for those patients who are unable to communicate on their own due to cognitive or other disability.

Upon entry into the hospital, visitors will be given a mask which must be worn throughout the visit, instructed on how to wear it properly, and educated on hand cleaning. Visitors will be screened at the door for COVID exposure, travel, and symptoms.

Noyes staff also will ask visitors to provide identification and contact information, and will be given additional information prior to heading to the patient’s room.

Staff will enforce masking, as well as distancing in the elevator and hallways.

Visitation directives for obstetric patients will remain the same: one visitor or support person who will remain with the patient throughout labor, delivery and post-partum.

No visitors will be allowed in the Emergency Department, in the Ambulatory Surgery areas, or for patients who are COVID-positive or awaiting COVID test results.

“It’s a lot to think about, but we ask sincerely for everyone’s cooperation and patience,” says Noyes President and CEO Amy Pollard. “We all know how important it is for patients to have the company and support of the people who care about them most with them while they are here.”

UR Medicine | Noyes Health had previously re-instituted visitor restrictions at all of its facilities on Oct. 21 when Livingston and surrounding counties began to see an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Those restrictions prohibited visitors, with few exceptions, to Noyes Memorial Hospital and After Hours in Dansville, Noyes Kidney Disease and Dialysis Center in Geneseo, Noyes Mental Health and Wellness, and Noyes Health Services in Geneseo, including Urgent Care, Ambulatory Surgery Center and Radiology.

With the exception of the hospital, those restrictions continue.

The exceptions include:

n Maternity patients will be allowed one adult visitor or partner in the room through labor and delivery. The visitor or partner will remain in the room throughout the duration of the patient’s stay.

n Pediatric patients will be allowed one parent or guardian in the room.

n Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for patients with extreme behavioral or diminished mental capacity issues, or for those nearing end of life.

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