Changes are designed to protect patients, staff

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases warranting extra precautions to keep patients, staff, and vulnerable residents as safe as possible, Lifespan now has a limited visitation policy in effect at its hospitals and ambulatory care sites.  The major changes to the visitation policy include:

  • Fewer number of visitors allowed per patient
  • Fewer number of family members/escorts allowed during emergency department intake
  • No outside food may be brought in during visit but hospital cafeterias remain open to visitors

Inpatients in most settings will be allowed one visitor at a time, up to a limit of two different individuals for the duration of the stay.  

Elements of the visitor policy that remain unchanged include:

  • Hasbro Children’s inpatients may have two caregivers/visitors bedside 8am-6pm (one 6pm-8am). 
  • Visitation exceptions will continue to be made for end-of-life care.
  • Accommodations will continue to be made for patients with disabilities who need a support person.

General visitation requirements that remain unchanged include:

  • All visitors must be at least 18 years old.
  • Visitors with COVID symptoms will be denied entry regardless of COVID-vaccination status. 
  • All visitors must wear a hospital mask over their nose and mouth no matter their vaccination status.

Detailed visitor guidelines for all Lifespan locations are available online.

Lifespan understands this is difficult for patients and their loved ones, but such measures are necessary to help protect their health and safety as well as that of our health care workers and the general public during the ongoing pandemic.

Kathleen Hart

Director, Public Relations