Visitor Policy

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases related to asymptomatic COVID-positive individuals, Guthrie hospitals has implemented restrictions to visitation. To protect patients and staff, the following visitation guidelines are in place at all Guthrie hospitals, skilled nursing units and long-term care facilities effective Friday, October 9.

Hospital visitation is permitted as follows:

  • Emergency departments: one visitor
  • Obstetrics patients: one support person and the patient’s doula
  • Pediatrics: one parent or legal guardian at a time (two parents/guardians may alternate)
  • Patients at end-of-life: up to two visitors
  • Surgical/procedural outpatient: one visitor to accompany patient, receive discharge instructions and transport patient home

The following visitors will not be allowed:

  • Visitors for in-patients, including COVID-19 positive patients and suspected cases of COVID-19
  • Visitors with patients in the lab or medical imaging department (ex: X-ray or MRI)
  • Persons with fever or other cold/flu-like symptoms
  • Minors under the age of 18 (except in rare situations, approved in advance)
  • Persons over the age of 70 with chronic conditions

Visitation may be restricted for certain patient populations/areas based on identified risks.

Special situations where a visitor is permitted include (but are not limited to) patients with intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability, communication barrier, or behavioral concerns, significant change in patient condition or request for clergy or chaplain. Extenuating circumstances within our skilled nursing units and long-term care facilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Guthrie Medical Group

Visitor attendance at visits is discouraged. Exceptions include visits for children or elderly, those who need assistance to walk or understand the physician’s instruction or who have cognitive or sensory limitations.

These restrictions will be re-evaluated after January 1, 2021.

We understand that restricted visitation is difficult for our patients and their families. In an effort to help families navigate these challenging times, Guthrie staff is helping to connect patients via virtual video visits with family and loved ones who cannot visit in person.

Restrictions for Patient Support Person in Oncology

  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital inpatients: No inpatient visitors unless special circumstances are met, including new diagnosis, educational needs, active chemotherapy or end of life (may have two). All visits for special circumstances must be pre-approved by the nursing supervisor.
  • Guthrie Corning Cancer Center: No visitors unless patient has a physical or cognitive need for a support person. This is due to community outbreak.
  • Guthrie Cortland Cancer Center: One support person is allowed at infusion centers, outpatient visits, and radiation oncology according to New York State guidelines.
  • Guthrie Cancer Center, Sayre: One support person is permitted for outpatient visits, infusions, and radiation oncology.
  • Guthrie Wellsboro Infusion Center: One support person is permitted for outpatient visits and infusions.
  • Radiation Oncology, Sayre:  Patients on treatment and follow ups - no visitors unless patient has a physical or cognitive need for a support person.  For consults and new patients, one person is allowed.

We do everything possible to include a support person in discussions regarding care plans by using telephone or video conferencing.