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Visiting hours

Iredell Memorial Hospital complies with NC Senate Bill 191, “The No Patient Left Alone Act,” that states that hospitals “shall permit patients to receive visitors to the fullest extent permitted under any applicable rules, regulations, or guidelines adopted by either the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or any federal law.” At no time will Iredell Memorial restrict visitation to less than one (1) visitor per patient unless the patient has a diagnosis that would put the health and safety of visitors and others at risk, or unless otherwise directed by other laws/guidelines from governing bodies.

All visitors must take the following actions:

  • Hospital visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Visitation outside of these hours will be considered only in compassionate care or end-of-life situations.
  • Visitors may enter at the main entrance (Entrance A) or Emergency Department entrance (Entrance E), so long as that entrance is open. Entrance A is open Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:00pm. After those hours, all visitors must enter through Entrance E. EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 10: Entrance A will be open Monday - Sunday, 7:00 AM - 8:30 PM. After hours, please use Entrance E. Patients arriving for cath lab or endo procedures prior to 7:00 AM will use the Entrance C.
  • Visitors will be screened for signs of illness before they are allowed to visit. Anyone showing symptoms of illness will not be permitted to visit.
  • Visitors must wear a face covering at all times while inside the Health System’s facilities, including children ages 2 and older.
  • Visitors must follow all social distancing and safety guidance.
  • Food is available in both the Cafeteria and Pink Tea Room. Seating is available in the Cafeteria on the Ground Floor.

COVID-19 Positive Patients:

  • One (1) visitor per day may visit patients currently isolated for COVID-19.
  • Additional visitors may be allowed for end-of-life situations or otherwise approved compassionate care visits.
  • Approved visitors must wear appropriate PPE: gown, gloves and surgical mask.
  • To learn more about compassionate care visits, please contact the patient's nurse.

Same Day Surgery, Endoscopy, Radiation Therapy, Cath Lab, Imaging, Women's Health Center, Outpatient Lab, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Wound Care Center:

  • Visitors must follow all general visitation requirements.
  • Patients arriving for procedures during the week prior to 7:45am in Endoscopy or the Iredell Heart & Vascular Center, please use the Endoscopy entrance (Entrance C).

Emergency Department:

  • 2 visitors per patient at a time, at any time of day
  • 2 parents or guardians are allowed if patients are under 18

Critical Care:

  • Visitors must be 12 or older. Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances. Please speak with your loved one's nurse to learn more.
  • 2 visitors per patient at a time, during visitation hours, except for changes in patient condition and/or end-of life situations.
  • Visitors must follow the same procedures as all others, including wearing a mask, undergoing screening, etc.

The Birth Place:

  • 2 visitors at a time, in addition to 1 support person (the support person does not count as a visitor). Additional visitors are permitted if they are the siblings of the infant.

Iredell Physician Network practices, Iredell Mooresville, Iredell Urgent Care:

  • 2 visitors will be allowed for each patient.

Clergy:

  • Clergy wishing to visit a patient may do so as long as they comply with all other visitation procedures, including properly wearing a mask and abiding by social distancing guidelines.

Skilled Nursing Visitation

  • The Skilled Nursing Facility will allow visitation to all residents at all times during visiting hours.
  • Indoor and outdoor visitation is available from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Other times may be available if needed. Please contact the Director of Nursing to make arrangements for visits outside of normal visiting hours.
  • Residents and staff will be screened daily for the presence of symptoms, including temperature check, as well as exposure to COVID-19.
  • Visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the start of each visit. If a visitor has been diagnosed with COVID-19 they must abide by the CDC recommendation of a 10-day quarantine and go 24 hours with no symptoms without the use of medication.
  • If a visitor develops symptoms of or a diagnosis of COVID-19 within 2 days of visiting a resident, they must notify the facility director immediately.
  • Symptoms of COVID 19 are as follows:
    • Fever equal to or greater than 100.0 F
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Muscle aches
    • Chills
    • Headache
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Visitors must check in at the Emergency Department entrance for screening and proceed directly to the resident’s room or visitation space where they will remain for the duration of their visit.
  • Staff, residents, and visitors must use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after visitation.
  • Visitation may occur outside of these guidelines in certain compassionate situations as deemed appropriate by the Administrator or Director of Nursing.
  • Staff, residents, and visitors must wear a mask that covers both the nose and mouth for the duration of the visit. Physical distancing of six feet is recommended. Cloth masks are not allowed and a surgical mask will be provided.
  • Although not recommended, residents who are on transmission-based precautions or quarantine MAY still receive visitors in their room. The resident should wear a well-fitting mask if tolerated. Visitors must be aware of the risks of visiting and precautions necessary to visit. Visitors must adhere to the core principles of infection prevention and wear appropriate PPE as directed by staff.