Scheduling & Visitor RestrictionsWe will be rescheduling some patient appointments and procedures in an effort to protect our patients and staff. Conserving personal protective equipment helps us prioritize the needs of those who may require immediate care. Adjustments to scheduled procedures and appointments will be made as requested by the physician, patient or as required by official local or national public health authorities. We will contact you directly if your appointment or procedure is postponed until a later date. During this time, all Brookwood Women's Medical Center facilities will remain open to care for patients who require in-person visits and time-sensitive care. Thank you for understanding our need to take these measures for the safety of all.
Effective 5/3/2021, by order of the Governor of Alabama and the State Health Officer, each patient or resident of this facility enjoys certain rights to have caregivers or visitors present, subject to reasonable restrictions and current guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). If you have questions, you may ask to inspect the facility’s written policies concerning visitation.
Support Person Guidelines
By order of the Governor of Alabama and the State Health Officer, each patient or resident of this facility enjoys certain rights to have as many as two caregivers or as many as two visitors present at a time, subject to reasonable restrictions. If you have questions, you may ask to inspect the facility’s written policies concerning visitation.
Patients who are positive for COVID-19 or are suspected of having COVID-19 are not allowed visitation.
A support person is defined as a person whose presence for a patient may improve the patient’s safety, emotional well-being, or physical care, or as needed for end of life (compassionate care) situations.
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we will allow support persons in accordance with the following guidelines. These guidelines are subject to change at any time:
- All support persons and members of the clergy must screen negative based on the following:
List of COVID-19 symptoms:
- Fever (>100.0°+)* with or without chills
- Cough, with or without sputum production
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Close contact (within 6 feet) in the last 14 days with a person who is confirmed positive for COVID-19
- Only two support persons allowed, per patient, per day.
- ALL visitors must be screened before visiting a patient.
- Once screened, the support person and clergy must remain in the patient room and must be properly masked at ALL times, even when in the patient’s room.
- We will continue to allow support person for new mothers to stay continuously as we have been.
- The support person is encouraged to bring his or her own food and snacks, but will be allowed to visit the cafeteria and return to the patient room to eat.
- Food and beverages are NOT allowed in the lobby areas of the hospital.
- A doula is allowed for an obstetric delivery in addition to the primary support person, contingent on approval of the primary physician.
- Support persons for patients who are undergoing outpatient procedures / testing are encouraged to wait outside the facility until called inside for consultation by a caregiver. However, support persons may be in the facility subject to the following conditions:
- Support person must remain in designated waiting areas, be properly masked, and maintain appropriate social distancing
- If waiting areas are at capacity, then the support person will need to remain outside the facility until called in for consultation or patient pickup
- Because of COVID-19 exposure risk factors, support persons and clergy must be a minimum of 18 years old and, for your own safety, we do not recommend support persons older than 65 entering the facility.
Exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of the hospital for certain compassionate care or therapeutic concerns.
Please respect the nurses' instructions as they work to do what is best for both you and your loved one.
The hospital reserves the right to ask any support person to leave the facility if they are unwilling to comply with these restrictions.
An exception to any limited visitation policy at the hospital is patients with disabilities who require support from family members or staff in order for them to effectively communicate with medical personnel or otherwise receive equal access to medical treatment.