Visitor policies & hours for Lawrence Memorial Hospital and clinics

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patients and staff. We also understand the importance of connecting with loved ones. As our response to COVID-19 continues to evolve, we may change our visitor policies based on guidance from Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, the KDHE and CDC. Very rare exceptions to our visitor policy may be made in extenuating circumstances, as determined by the director and provider.

Physician Clinics
For the safety of our patients and staff, clinics ask that patients come alone to their appointments. If a patient needs to bring one visitor with them, we encourage them to talk with the clinic when scheduling their visit. The visitor must also meet hand hygiene and mask requirements. In addition, we ask that patients not bring children with them to any clinic appointment, unless the child is receiving clinical services.

One support person per patient in the Emergency Department.

Inpatient Floors and Acute Rehab/Transitional Care Unit
Effective February 3, visiting hours are from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday for patients on the second and third floors, including those in our medical, post-surgical and ICU units, as well as for patients in the acute rehab/transitional care unit on the fourth floor. Patients under investigation or diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be permitted any visitors. 

Clergy are allowed to visit inpatients at any time during their hospital stay. Clergy must pass the visitor screening and are allowed to visit in addition to a patient's one visitor. Very rare exceptions to our visitor policy may be made in extenuating circumstances, as determined by the director and provider.

Outpatient Procedures and Surgery
One support person for patients undergoing outpatient procedures and surgeries. We encourage this support person to join the surgical patient in our pre-op area prior to surgery, and to welcome the patient post-surgery in our recovery area. However, if the patient’s surgery, recovery period and transition to the post-surgical floor extend beyond visiting hours, the support person will need to return to visit the patient the next day between 1-4 p.m. This level of caution is to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our facility.

Labor & Delivery
We welcome one support person for our labor and delivery patients' entire stay along with one support person/doula during labor only.

We also welcome our patients to bring a support person to their first obstetrics visit - confirmation of pregnancy - and 20-week ultrasound and obstetrics visit.

Pediatric Patients
One parent or guardian for pediatric patients.

Staying connected

We encourage patients to connect with loved ones by electronic means whenever possible. Many phones, tablets and computers have free, easy ways to communicate via video, voice or text. Inpatients can use one of our iPads to connect with their loved ones during their stay.

End of life policy

We welcome two support persons for patients who may be at the end of life. These visitors will be designated upon admission or at some point thereafter, depending on the situation. These will be the only two allowed in-person visitation during the admission and will not be limited to the 1-4 p.m. visiting hours. This also applies to end of life situations in the emergency department. These requirements will help mitigate the risk of COVID transmission to patients and staff and minimize the burden on nursing so they can focus on patient care.

After appropriate screening, masking and proper hand hygiene, the support person will be escorted to the patient’s bedside. If the support person is unable to successfully pass the travel or close contact portions of our screening process, but does not exhibit any signs and symptoms of the virus, he/she will be allowed a one-time visit with the patient for an hour. Unfortunately, if the support person does have any signs and/or symptoms of the virus, he/she will not be allowed to visit in person. We will provide video calling options to connect.