Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Visitation Guidelines

Visiting a Patient at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

The love and support of family and friends can be very important to the healing process. At this time, for everyone’s safety, visitation is limited related to the risk of COVID-19.

The following definition may be helpful as you read these guidelines:

Caregiver: a person who is a family member, friend, or other support person whose presence is required for physical or cognitive support associated with the patient’s health care.

Front Entrance Check-In

  • Patients and caregivers are required to stop at the check-in desk located near the hospital and Medical Office Building entrances.
  • All patients and caregivers are expected to arrive wearing a mask or face covering. If you do not have a mask, the check-in desk will provide you with one.
  • Patients who are symptomatic or have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be provided with a medical-grade face mask.
  • Caregivers with symptoms of any kind and those who have had contact with someone positive for, or suspected of having, COVID-19 are not permitted at this time.
  • All masks must be worn for the entire duration of the visit, or you will be asked to leave the premises.
  • All non-staff persons entering an SVMC building will be given a sticker with the date and department they are visiting, and are asked to keep the sticker visible, and remain in their area of service for their time in the building.

Visiting Restrictions

The following limitations apply to visitors. It is important to note that individual departments may have additional constraints or requirements beyond these guidelines, based on the need to maintain patient and staff health and safety. Patients, caregivers, and visitors should contact the specific department or unit if there are questions.

Inpatient Units

Inpatient visitation is restricted at this time, except in the following cases:

Patients nearing the end of life:

  • If a patient is nearing the end of life, two family members/friends may visit at one time.
  • If two visitors are already present, incoming visitors may wait in the West Wing waiting area, or in their personal vehicles.
  • These visitors must check-in with the entry desk staff, and must wear a face covering at all times within the facility.

Women's and Children’s Services

  • Visitation is limited to one partner/second parent, who is welcome 24 hours a day.
  • Siblings are not able to visit at this time, due to risks associated with flu and COVID-19.

Pediatric patients

  • Pediatric patients may have up to two adult primary caregivers, as space and conditions permit.
  • During hospitalization, the caregivers should be the same two people to the greatest extent possible.

Patients with disabilities:

  • Patients with disabilities, such as significant physical disabilities or intellectual or cognitive disabilities may require the presence of a caregiver who is knowledgeable about the management of the patient’s care and/or able to assist physically or emotionally during the patient’s hospitalization.
  • This is permitted, and limited to one designated caregiver.

SVMC inpatient units have technology available for virtual visitation. If you are interested in a virtual visit with a patient, please let us know.

Outpatient Departments

Adult patients

  • Adult patients who do not require a caregiver for physical or cognitive support, should attend their appointments alone, due to limited waiting/exam room capacity and social distancing requirements.
  • Adult patients who do require a caregiver may have one person accompany them to their outpatient appointment.
  • If caregivers have any COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be allowed to accompany the patient, and therefore the patient may need to reschedule their appointment.


  • Those receiving pre-natal care may be accompanied to their outpatient appointments by one caregiver.
  • Siblings are not allowed to join for outpatient appointments at this time.

Pediatric patients

  • Pediatric patients in outpatient settings may have one adult primary caregiver with them.

Emergency Department

  • Visitation is limited to one individual.

SVMC has an extraordinary team of professionals and dedicated community leaders all committed to ensuring that COVID-19 and the flu have the lowest impact on the health of our community. Thank you for visiting SVMC.

COVID-19 Relief
The COVID-19 Relief Funds will provide critical support to Southwestern Vermont Health Care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your support will be used for equipment and supplies that our clinical professionals need to provide exceptional care to patients and our community.