Visitor policies & hours for LMH Health 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 evolves, we may change our visitor policies based on guidance from Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, the KDHE and CDC.
Masks required in all LMH Health facilities
As a healthcare institution, LMH Health follows the guidelines and recommendations not only of the CDC, but also Federal Healthcare Regulations and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). While there are limited formal mask mandates in place at this time, all patients, visitors and staff are required to wear a procedural face mask while inside all LMH Health facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Cloth masks are not allowed. A procedural mask will be provided upon entry.
Due to limited space, clinics ask patients to bring no more than one visitor to their appointment. If a patient needs to bring more than one visitor, we encourage them to talk with the clinic when scheduling their visit. Children will be allowed to accompany parents to a clinic visit when necessary.
There is no limit on the number of visitors a patient may have, but only two will be allowed in the patient room at one time. Visitors are encouraged to only visit the patient room, minimizing their time in other areas of the facility.
Though we strongly encourage visitors to connect with patients by electronic means whenever possible, COVID-positive patients are permitted to have visitors. It’s important to know that if you choose to visit a COVID patient in person, you do so at your own risk.
- Visitors will put on full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including a gown, gloves, medical mask and eye protection before entering the patient’s room. Due to the highly-transmissible nature of COVID-19, visitors should not remove their PPE while in the patient’s room for the safety of themselves and their loved ones.
- Visitors should social distance while in a COVID-positive patient room, remaining six feet apart from other people.
- Visitors should perform hand hygiene upon room entry and exit.
- Those visiting patients in isolation should not visit other patients in the hospital.
- Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to visit COVID patients who are in airborne isolation rooms. Exceptions may be made in end-of-life circumstances.
Preferred visiting hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visitors may enter through the Arkansas Street entrance from:
- Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Visitors will need to enter through the Emergency Department at 325 Maine at all other times.
Clergy are allowed to visit inpatients at any time during their hospital stay and are allowed to visit in addition to a patient's visitor.
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.