Visitation Policy*

Updated April 4, 2022

Visitation is restricted for all patients, with further clarification for specific facilities and units to protect our patients, visitors and staff. A designated visitor is the visitor who first visits the patient that day. For the care and protection of our patients, staff and other visitors, hospital reserves the right to limit, restrict or amend visitation.

Inpatients: Visitation 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. One visitor may stay overnight. Must be at least 12 years old to visit. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Visitation may be limited as needed.

Critical Care Unit (CCU) Patients: Two designated visitors at specified times during the day.

NMMC Gilmore-Amory: 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

NMMC-Tupelo: 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

NMMC-West Point: 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

One visitor may stay overnight. Must adhere to critical care guidelines for visitation. For an end-of-life situation, visitation is limited to family and clergy.

Pediatric Patients: Mother and father plus four designated adults may visit from 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mother and father or support person only may stay overnight. Visitation may be limited as needed.

COVID-19 Suspected/Confirmed Patients: Two visitors per day at designated time. For an end-of-life situation, visitation is limited to family and clergy.

COVID-19 Suspected/Confirmed Patients with mental status issues or significant disabilities: A family caregiver may stay with the patient. One additional visitor at designated time during the day. For an end-of-life situation, visitation is limited to family and clergy. Caregiver may switch during the stay.

Maternity Patients: NMMC Women’s Hospital, NMMC Gilmore-Amory and NMMC-West Point: Two designated visitors per maternity patient per day. One may stay overnight. Siblings may visit after delivery from 5-7 p.m. and may be accompanied by two additional adults. For an end-of-life situation, visitation is limited to family and clergy.

NMMC Women’s Hospital NICU, NMMC Gilmore-Amory NICU: For the protection of our babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, visitation is currently restricted to mother and father or support person only. During the hours of 4-6 p.m., grandparents of the newborn may visit while accompanied by the mother or father/support person. No more than two visitors should be at the bedside at one time, including the mother or father/support person. No more than four grandparents may visit per day.

Inpatient Hospice Patients: Unrestricted

Outpatient Surgical Patients: Limited to two designated visitors.

Emergency Department (ED) Patients: Limited to two visitors. For an end-of-life situation, visitation is limited to family and clergy.

ED COVID-19 Suspected/Confirmed Patients: Limited to one designated visitor. For an end-of-life situation, visitation is limited to family and clergy.

We ask that individuals who meet these visitation guidelines refrain from visiting:

• If you have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 10 days, are currently waiting on results of COVID-19 test, or are isolating because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19

• If you have any signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection in the past 48 hours

• Temperature of 100 degrees F or higher

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Chills

• Muscle pain

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

Masks are required.

Visitors who do not follow personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines will be asked to leave the premises to protect the safety of our patients and staff.

*Policy subject to change (based upon number of COVID-19 cases in the community)