Lexington Medical Center Updates Visitation Policies

West Columbia, S.C. – In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Lexington Medical Center is once again updating its visitation policies. These new changes took effect on Monday, October 4, 2021.

Emergency Department/Urgent Care Centers

One visitor is allowed to accompany a non-COVID-19 patient being treated in the Emergency department. If the lobby reaches capacity, visitors will not be allowed to stay with patients. The visitor must stay in the patient’s exam room at all times and may help settle the patient into his or her inpatient room if admitted. Use the direct entrance to the Emergency department upon arrival.

Inpatients (Non-COVID-19 Patients)

Two visitors are allowed to visit inpatients in non-COVID-19 units during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week. Visits from Pastoral Care and personal faith leaders do not affect visitation guidelines. Depending on a patient’s tower location, please us the Main Entrance or the South Entrance of the hospital. Visitors must wear masks at all times, including when visiting patients in their room.

Obstetrics

A spouse or support person is permitted while the patient is in labor or has just delivered a child. Please use the Main Entrance of the hospital. Two visitors, not including the spouse or support person, are allowed to visit the Mother/Baby unit during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days per week.

Special Care Nursery

The birth parent and her support person are allowed in the Special Care Nursery. They must both have the infant identification bracelet. Please use the Main Entrance of the hospital.

Surgical/Procedural Areas (Inpatient and Outpatient)

Two visitors are permitted in the specified lobby during a patient’s surgery or procedure at the main campus. They may help settle the patient into his or her room if admitted. For procedures at the main hospital, use the Main Entrance upon arrival. One visitor is allowed in the specified lobby during a patient’s surgery or procedure at other Lexington Medical Center facilities. Patients and visitors should use the Main Entrance to those buildings upon arrival.

Physician Network

All physician practices follow the No Visitor Policy. Depending on the practice and patient circumstance, caregivers may be able to accompany patients to appointments. Patients should contact each physician practice with questions about visitation.

Additionally, no visitors are allowed for patients with COVID-19, or who are suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. Visitors under the age of 16 are also not permitted.

All approved visitors must wear a face mask while in any Lexington Medical Center facility. They will also be screened by staff before entering any Lexington Medical Center facility and may have to leave based on their screening results.

About Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center is a 557-bed hospital in West Columbia, South Carolina. It anchors a health care network that includes three community medical centers and employs a staff of more than 7,800 health care professionals. The network includes a cardiovascular program recognized by the American College of Cardiology as South Carolina’s first HeartCARE Center. The network also has an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and 70 physician practices. Lexington Medical Center operates one of the busiest Emergency departments in South Carolina, treating nearly 100,000 patients each year. The hospital delivers more than 4,000 babies each year and performs more than 25,000 surgeries.


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