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Visitors welcome 8 am to 8 pm starting June 28

Date: 06/28/2022

Northern-Light-Eastern-Maine-Medical-Center-Visitation-Changes-June-28-2022-(1).jpgBangor, Maine (June 28, 2022) – Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is pleased to expand visiting hours. Beginning Tuesday, June 28, most patients may have one visitor at a time between 8 am and 8 pm.

“We have been closely monitoring the changing landscape of COVID-19 in our community and listening to our patients requests for expansion of visitation, including allowing younger family members to visit,” says Sarah Joy, SHRM-SCP, director, Patient Experience. ”We are pleased to enhance the healing environment for our adult patients, who may be able to see their children or grandchildren under the age of 18, and our pediatric patients may have a sibling visit.”

The new expanded policy requires those under the age of 16 to be accompanied by a guardian, and children under the age of 10 require approval from nursing leadership.

Additional visitation conditions include:
  • Emergency Department (ED): All visitors are asked to wait outside the Medical Center until the patient has been assigned a room in the main ED. Once a patient is assigned to an ED room, they may have one visitor per day. Approved ED visitors may use the Maine Café and restrooms inside the Main Entrance during this time.
  • End of Life: Two visitors at a time are permitted 24 hours a day.
  • Labor and Delivery: During delivery, two visitors over the age of 18 are permitted at the bedside; this includes the support person. Siblings under the age of 18 may be permitted after delivery in coordination with nursing leadership.
  • Patients who are critically ill/unstable, unable to advocate for themselves, experiencing acute confusion or agitation, require additional support for communication, or those with behavioral health needs: Alternative accommodations may be provided at the discretion of the facility administrator.
  • Pediatric/NICU: Two parents/guardians, per patient per stay are permitted 24 hours a day. Siblings under the age of 18 may be permitted to visit with approval from senior nursing leadership.
  • Surgery/Procedure: One escort is permitted for the time during which the patient is in these service areas. The escort is permitted to leave the Medical Center one time only each day and return.
Visitors must be in good health, free from COVID-19 symptoms, and check in and out with front desk staff at the Main Entrance. Visitors are required to remain masked at all times, which means they may not eat or drink in the patient’s room.

Alternative accommodations may be available if there are times when having a visitor or family member present beyond standard visiting hours is medically necessary.

As COVID-19 continues to change within the community, the Medical Center makes adjustments to its policies to ensure everyone’s safety.

To review updated visitation, please see