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Enhanced Visitation Policy in Effect Across Kaleida Health Facilities, Adult and Long-Term Care Sites Restrict Visitation

Updated: 3/23/2020

To protect our patients, families, visitors and staff against the spread of infection, Kaleida Health is implementing an Enhanced Visitation Policy at all sites, effective immediately, with adult hospitals and long-term care sites restricting visitation. This does not apply to those seeking treatment.

See key points below:

  • Please do not visit if you are ill.
  • Please do not visit if you have traveled outside the United States within the last 14 days.
  • No visitors permitted at HighPointe on Michigan or DeGraff Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility, in accordance with NYSDOH guidance, except in end-of-life or palliative care cases
  • No visitors permitted for any adult patients on inpatient units, in accordance with NYSDOH guidance, except in end-of-life or palliative care cases.
  • Pediatric patients are allowed two designated (2) caregivers/visitors; limit of one (1) caregiver/visitor at the hospital at any given time.
  • No visitors under 14 years of age.
  • Wash your hands and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently, especially before and after entering a patient’s room.

LONG-TERM CARE VISITATION GUIDELINES:

  • Based on guidance from the New York State Department of Health, Kaleida Health's long-term care facilities, HighPointe on Michigan and DeGraff Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility, will no longer allow visitors. This restriction has been put in place to protect our most vulnerable population that been more severely affected by COVID-19 in other areas where outbreaks are occurring.
  • Visitors will only be permitted for end-of-life or palliative care situations as determined by our care teams. 
    • In these circumstances, families and loved ones will be required to contact the nursing unit directly to arrange for visitation.

HOSPITAL VISITOR LIMITATIONS:

  • No visitors permitted for any adult patients on inpatient units, in accordance with NYSDOH guidance, except in end-of-life or palliative care cases.
    • In these circumstances, families and loved ones will be required to contact the nursing unit directly to arrange for visitation.
    • This includes adult inpatients at the following Kaleida Health hospitals: Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (except Labor & Delivery Unit) and DeGraff Memorial Hospital
  • Pediatric patients at Oishei Children's Hospital are allowed two designated (2) caregivers/visitors; limit of one (1) caregiver/visitor at the hospital at any given time.
  • Limit of one (1) designated partner or caregiver with mom on labor & delivery units at Oishei Children's Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
  • Limit of one (1) caregiver in all Emergency Departments, Same-Day Surgery and Minor Procedure areas

GENERAL HOSPITAL VISITATION AND SELF-SCREENING:

  • Visiting hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Approved visitors will receive a pass, which must be worn prominently at all times.
  • Visitors should self-screen for travel history and contagious diseases before arriving at a Kaleida Health facility and before accessing patient care areas. See self-screen questions below:
  1. Have you traveled outside the United States in the last 14 days?

  2. Have you experienced any of the following in the last three (3) days?
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms
  1. Have you been exposed to or come into contact with someone with the following in the last three (3) days?
    • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • Influenza
    • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
    • Diarrheal illness or ‘stomach bug'

WASH YOUR HANDS AND USE ALCOHOL-BASED HAND SANITIZER FREQUENTLY, ESPECIALLY BEFORE AND AFTER ENTERING A PATIENT’S ROOM.