Visitor Guidelines

Because of decreased community spread of COVID-19, Baptist Health has updated its visitor management guidelines effective March 9, 2022. Below are the current visitor guidelines:

Emergency Department

One support person/visitor will be allowed to be with the patient, including in the waiting room.

Critical Care

Two support persons/visitors will be allowed per day in the patient’s room between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., depending on the patient’s condition. No overnight visits are allowed. The number of visitors at the bedside is based on operational campus decisions.

Surgical & Procedural Areas

Patients undergoing a surgery or procedure are allowed one support person/visitor. 

Women’s and Children’s Areas

Patients admitted in Women’s & Children’s will be allowed two support persons/visitors to accompany them throughout their delivery.  

  • After childbirth, the birth partner can stay in the hospital until discharge; one additional visitor is welcome during visitor hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Siblings may visit for 30 minutes per day with a wellness check. The siblings must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) patients may be accompanied by two support persons/visitors.

Behavioral Health

One support person/visitor will be allowed to visit during limited hours unless:

  • The patient requests no support person.
  • At the request of a law enforcement agency.
  • They are under a court order for the hospital stay.
  • The support person would cause disruption of care to the patient.

Visitation hours by facility:

  • Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock:
    • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (8th floor and 4th floor)
  • Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock (Geri-Psych): 
    • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
  • Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Spring County
    • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (depending on the hallway)

Rehabilitation

At Baptist Health’s Little Rock and Conway campuses, two family members will be allowed per day. One visitor can stay overnight. In North Little Rock, two family members are allowed to visit but none will be able to stay overnight. 

COVID-19 Positive Patients

Visitors to COVID-19 positive patients must:

  • Sign a waiver with a nurse as a witness.
  • Not utilize public areas within the facility, including the cafeteria or lobby areas.  
  • Eat in the patient’s room.
  • Adhere to personal protective equipment requirements while in the room: N-95 (not fit tested), gown, gloves.

Cafeterias

  • Open and limited to a table of four that is spaced.
  • Visitors in the cafeteria should be masked when not eating.

Screening Criteria

In accordance with the guidelines, the support person/visitor must: 

  • Be screened upon entry or re-entry, including temperature check, and must not have any respiratory or flu-like symptoms (cough, sore throat, body aches, diarrhea, loss of taste, loss of smell, or fatigue). If the support person develops COVID-19 symptoms, they will be required to leave the Baptist Health campus.
  • Not have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Not be under the age of 18.
  • Must wear a visitor badge while in the hospital.
  • Wear a mask at all times while in the hospital, including the patient’s room.
  • Perform hand hygiene frequently throughout the day and any time they leave or return to the patient’s room.

Additional Information

  • Most waiting rooms currently remain closed and social distancing is still required. 
  • Clergy members or laypersons offering religious or spiritual support are allowed to visit the patient in addition to the support person within the department and hospital visiting hours.

Note: These are subject to change at any time based on Baptist Health directives. For further questions you may have about our support person/visitor guidelines, please visit Visitor FAQs or call Baptist Health Healthline at (888) 227-8478. For more information on COVID-19, visit the Baptist Health Coronavirus Information Hub.