During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people put off taking care of themselves. There are understandable reasons why, including being overwhelmed with work responsibilities, worrying about finances, juggling childcare and feeling afraid to seek non-emergency medical care during a pandemic. Beyond…
Updated September 14, 2021
At Kaiser Permanente, our main goal is to protect our members, their families, and our staff. In order to do this, we have revised our visitor policy at our medical centers and we kindly ask that you follow these guidelines for visiting a Kaiser Permanente medical center:
- Updated visitor policy:
- We are not permitting visitors to accompany adult members 18 years or older in our facilities (this includes visits with a doctor, nurse, lab, radiology, pharmacy, etc.) unless they meet one of the exceptions listed below*.
- Two visitors** are permitted to accompany a pediatric member (patient under 18 years of age).
- For OB/GYN appointments, one visitor is permitted, and newborn children are permitted to accompany the member.
- Keep a safe distance from other people (at least 6 feet away) in the waiting room and other open areas whenever possible
- Require masks be worn at all times in our medical centers (this includes physicians, staff, patients and visitors ages 2 and up) unless asked to remove by a member of the health care team.
- Please always do the following:
- Wash your hands.
- Cover your cough.
- Sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and then discard tissue and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
*Patients who may need assistance include those who have translation (including sign language), physical, sensory, intellectual, developmental disabilities and/or cognitive impairments, may have one visitor accompany them. Members who are having surgery or procedures can have one visitor remain in the waiting room during their surgery/procedure.
**A visitor is defined as any person (e.g., care partner, caregiver, family member, sibling, partner, friend, etc.) who accompanies a patient to a medical center.
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