Glens Falls Hospital has announced that visitation restrictions have been relaxed in accordance with guidelines released by the New York State Department of Health (DOH). Beginning Monday, April 26, Glens Falls Hospital will allow 2 unique visitors age 18 years or older to visit a patient between 4 PM and 8 PM each day.
A patient may have only two visitors on a particular day, but different visitors will be allowed on the next day. Visitors must stay in the patient room for the duration of their visit. All visitors to inpatients must enter at the West Entrance. Visitors should arrive at the hospital with a mask or face covering which must be worn throughout the visit. Visitors should not arrive at the West entrance prior to 3:50 PM.
All visitors will be screened for temperature and respiratory symptoms. In accordance with DOH guidelines and current hospital policy, all visitors will be entered into our electronic visitor management system, and they must share a verifiable telephone number in case there is a need for future contact tracing. This is now required of all hospitals who choose to allow visitors.
Patients arriving for outpatient procedures or surgeries at the hospital may be accompanied by a companion and that companion may remain with the patient through the admission process. They may return to join the patient for the discharge process. Visitors may not be present during procedures or in the recovery room except for pediatric patients, childbirth, and patients with an intellectual, developmental, or other cognitive disability.
Visitation is also expanded to include the Emergency Department, outpatient testing areas, and physician practices where one unique visitor, two for pediatric patients, may accompany the patient during their stay.
For the Joyce Stock Snuggery, expectant mothers may have two visitors/support people who will be allowed to leave and return the following day during the mother’s and baby’s hospital stay, in addition to having a doula present for childbirth.
All visitors will be instructed to practice good hand hygiene, and they must use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance.
Complete visitor guidelines will be distributed to all inpatients, and a copy will also be given to visitors when they arrive.