Beth Israel Lahey Health has taken a number of steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in order keep our patients and staff safe. You can review our Safe Care plan here to learn more about what we’re doing to ensure your safety when you visit one of our facilities. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found here.

Visitor Guidelines

We understand the importance of being able to visit a patient while they are in the hospital, however, we have put temporary visitor restrictions in place to help protect everyone from COVID-19.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time, we are looking forward to welcoming visitors in a less restricted way as soon as we can. If you're looking to reschedule an appointment or to make a telehealth appointment please contact your provider for more information.

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, BID Needham has made the decision to limit patient visitors to protect all members of our community, effective November 18, 2020.

PATIENT CARE AREA

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

COVID-19 positive or suspected COVID-19 positive patients, and patients on precautions

No visitors are allowed with exceptions for essential caregivers; must be approved by the care team in very special circumstances. Virtual visitations will be facilitated.

INPATIENT UNITS

No visitors are allowed with exceptions for essential caregivers; visitors must be approved by the care team in very special circumstances. Virtual visitations will be facilitated.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

(Please practice social distancing in the waiting room.)

Visitors only allowed in cases for the primary caregiver to the patient and when phone communication is not possible.

Adult visitors are not allowed to wait in the waiting room and will be asked to wait in their car or outside.

When possible visitors are encouraged to go home and await an update.

Pediatric: One Parent/Guardian

SURGICAL SERVICES

Visitors are NOT permitted

OUTPATIENT & AMBULATORY AREAS

No visitors are allowed. Accommodations are made for patients with functional impairments or disabilities and parents unable to obtain childcare.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Attestation Forms

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, in order to ensure Massachusetts’ health care system had the capacity to address the pandemic, some health care services and procedures were limited or temporarily put on hold, while many services were conducted remotely using telehealth. Emergency services and other essential health and human services continued during this time.

Phase 1

On May 18, 2020 the Commonwealth issued new guidelines to hospitals and health care providers in accordance with the state’s four-phase reopening plan, to allow some non-emergency procedures or deferred care that may now need attention. Hospitals and Community Health Centers began this reopening May 18, and all other providers began on May 25. Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham submitted the Acute Care Hospital Phase 1 Reopen Attestation Form to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on May 18, 2020. By having submitted this form, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham attests to meeting the Phase 1 criteria and standards in the DPH Hospital Reopening Guidance. View BID Needham's Signed Attestation form

Phase 2

On June 6, 2020 the Commonwealth issued new guidelines allowing health care providers at the start of Phase 2 to incrementally resume in-person elective, non-urgent procedures and services, including routine office visits, dental visits, and vision care, subject to ongoing compliance with public health and safety standards. In addition, providers were able to resume elective cosmetic procedures, in compliance with public health guidance, beginning June 24, 2020. Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham has submitted the Acute Care Hospital Phase 2 Reopen Attestation Form to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on June 6, 2020. By having submitted this form, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham attests to meeting the Phase 2 criteria and standards in the DPH Hospital Reopening Guidance. View BID Needham's Signed Attestation Form

Phase 3

On July 6, 2020 health care providers may continue to provide in-person procedures and services as authorized in Phase 2, with the addition of certain group treatment programs and day programs.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needhamhas submitted the Acute Care Hospital Phase 3 Reopen Attestation Form to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on July 7, 2020. By having submitted this form, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham attests to meeting the Phase 3 criteria and standards in the DPH Hospital Reopening Guidance. View BID Needham's Signed Attestation Form

Additional information about the reopening plan is available at the Commonwealth's Reopening Website.