Baystate Health announces new COVID visitation policies for delivery room, pediatric patients and newborns

Baystate Health announced major changes to hospital visitor policies on Tuesday during COVID-19, including increasing the number of people in the delivery room and for pediatric patients.

Due to the changes that took effect on Tuesday, two designated care partners could be present in the delivery room. Previously, only one person was allowed.

Each new aspect came as part of Baystate Health’s new visitation policy that still includes red, yellow, green and gray zones based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and the state.

Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield, Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer, and Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield are now in the yellow zone.

Under the yellow zone, patients who are not in the ICU are allowed one visitor at a time, where previously they were allowed one visitor per day.

Pediatric patients will also be allowed two visitors at a time in the Emergency, Surgery and Hospital Department. Previously, only one person was allowed.

After the birth, both the designated care partner and an additional care partner can now come to bed together during visiting hours.

Visiting hours remain from 12.00 am to 20.00 pm

Children aged 5-18 can visit it but must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 can visit only for certain exceptions. However, children under the age of 18 are not allowed to visit patients in the emergency room.

Flower delivery to patients is again accepted, with the exception of neutropenic or intensive care patients.

All visitors must wear masks at all times, both in the patient’s room and other areas of the hospital, and wash their hands regularly. Visitors with a fever, cough or other COVID symptoms will not be able to visit.

Related content:

Comments are closed.