Tidelands Health relaxes visitation restrictions

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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on May 24, 2021

Tidelands Health relaxes visitation restrictions

With continued positive developments in the fight against COVID-19, Tidelands Health is adjusting its visitation policy while maintaining certain restrictions and precautions to protect the health of patients, visitors and team members.

Starting today, most inpatients at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital may have two adult visitors at a time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. One adult patient support partner may stay overnight. Patients in COVID-19 isolation still may not have visitors for the safety of patients, their loved ones and team members, although exceptions may be made in end-of-life situations.

“With COVID-19 hospitalizations in the single digits and thousands of residents in Horry and Georgetown counties vaccinated, it is now safe for us to adjust our visitation policy,” said Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs at Tidelands Health. “We know the importance of having a loved one accompany a patient, and we are glad we are now able to expand visitation guidelines.”

Some visitation rules have not changed:

  • Patients receiving care in the emergency department may be accompanied by one adult patient support partner after the patient has been screened and cleared for COVID-19.
  • Patients receiving outpatient services may be accompanied by one adult patient support partner.
  • Patients at the Murrells Inlet and Little River locations of Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, may be visited by one adult patient support partner a day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Family, friends, church members and others who wish to offer additional support to patients can send a cheer card. Patient loved ones may also create a free, personal site through caringbridge.org to share news, schedule support for errands and household chores, set up a meal train and more.

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Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.