LVMC COVID-19 Revised Patient Visitation Guidance

Lompoc Valley Medical Center recognizes the important role of visitors in the mental health and well being of hospitalized patients. LVMC visitor guidelines have been revised to ensure patient support during hospitalization, with a focus on minimizing the spread of COVID-19 exposure to protect patients and staff. The following guidelines are based on current guidance from California Department of Public Health and in effect.

LVMC will either verify that visitors are fully vaccinated or, for unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated visitors, verify documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test within the prior 48 hours of requested entry. In the absence of either, visitors may not be granted entry into the facility (some exceptions apply, see ‘Visitor Exceptions’ below).


Visitation
  1. Visitors do not need to be designated in advance by the patient.
  2. All patients may have up to two visitors from the same household at the same time, provided physical distancing can be accomplished and visitors comply with hospital visitor guidelines.
  3. Specialty Service Patients. All specialty service patients may have up to two visitors or support person(s) who do not need to be from the same household at the same time, provided physical distancing can be accomplished, for specific patient groups or ensure support for their mental health and well-being. The following are considered the ‘specialty service patients’.
    1. Pediatric
    2. Labor and Delivery Patients. In addition to the support person(s), a doula, if desired by the patient, is permitted to be present if prior arrangements have been made with the hospital. The doula must comply with hospital PPE and infection control guidelines.
    3. Patients at End of Life
    4. Patients with Physical, Intellectual, and/or Developmental Disabilities and Patients with Cognitive Impartments.
    5. Surgery Patients
      1. Up to two visitors are permitted until the patient is taken into the surgical preparation (provided physical distancing can be accomplished).
      2. Up to two visitors when the patient is in recovery and preparing for discharge. Visitors may use waiting rooms if they are set up to maintain distance between individuals and groups and wear appropriate facial covering at all times in the waiting room.
    6. Visitor Exceptions. While visitors may be permitted, the requirements for PPE and physical distancing shall still pertain. The House Supervisor/designee has the authority to determine when an exception applies. The following visitors are exempt from the vaccination status screening questions and testing requirements.
      1. Visitors to a patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent.
      2. Adults accompanying pediatric patients.
      3. Caregivers for disabled patients.
      4. Other individuals in a similar situation may be allowed to enter without proof of vaccination or testing, on a case-by-case basis.
LVMC-Provided Testing

LVMC will offer antigen testing or home test kits for:

  • For visitors not fully vaccinated, screening staff shall offer
  • Screening staff shall provide a testing kit to the visitor, along with
    1. If the test is negative, the visitor shall be allowed
    2. If the test is positive, the visitor shall be instructed to return to their vehicle, and await further instructions. Screening staff shall then notify Infection Control (House Supervisor, after normal business hours) of the test results.

Due to COVID, the above guidelines have temporarily replaced our existing hospital visitation policy. — .


All visitors must check in upon arriving, at which point, each visitor will receive a badge. All visitors MUST have a badge, no exceptions.

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Pediatrics

Parents and grandparents may visit at any time. We encourage one parent to be with the child at all times. Healthy siblings may visit but please limit their visit to 30 minutes or less.

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Labor and Delivery

One support person is permitted to stay in your room overnight. You may have 3 visitors present at one time. Additional visitors may wait in the waiting room. All visitors should remain in your room or in the waiting room. Please keep hallways clear at all times.

Your baby's siblings are permitted to visit when accompanied by an adult. Other youth visitors must be age 13 or older. During labor, you and other laboring moms may be sensitive to smells, so we ask that visitors dine in the café or in the waiting room.

For your safety and well-being, your care team may apply temporary visitation restrictions.

Learn more about our Birth Center.

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Surgery Waiting

Family members waiting for Surgery patients may wait in the Surgery Waiting Room. Please let the staff know who you are so we can notify you when the surgery is complete and the surgeon can talk to you.

Learn more about our Surgery department.