Updated Visitor Guidelines
Updated December 7, 2023
Due to a steady increase in respiratory virus cases in our communities, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is implementing temporary visitor restrictions for children ages 12 and younger, beginning today, Thursday, Dec. 7, at all Wake Forest Baptist hospitals:
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist High Point Medical Center
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Lexington Medical Center
- Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Wilkes Medical Center
Children ages 12 and under may be permitted to visit hospitalized patients in special circumstances, as determined by the treating physician and nursing unit leadership.
In addition, patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in certain high-risk settings and in all inpatient rooms. Visitors ages 13 and older should not have any symptoms of respiratory viral illness or a confirmed case of COVID-19, flu or RSV.
Some areas may have additional restrictions. Patients and visitors are asked to follow directions provided by staff.
Updated Visitor Guidelines FAQs
Due to the sustained increase in COVID-19, flu and RSV activity this season, the following visitation guidelines apply to help reduce the spread of these viruses:
- Children 12 and under are not permitted to visit hospitalized patients. They may be permitted to visit in special circumstances, as determined by the treating physician and nursing unit leadership.
- Visitors 13 and older should not visit if experiencing any GI symptoms or symptoms of respiratory virus infections or had recent contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19, flu or RSV (COVID-19 within 14 days, flu and RSV within 5 days).
- Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in certain high-risk settings and in all inpatient rooms. Masks will still be required in all emergency departments. Also, masking will continue to be required in patient care areas at inpatient cancer care locations due to some patients with weakened immune systems from bone marrow transplants and other procedures.
Visitor Registration Kiosks
We recently introduced a new visitor registration process at each designated entrance at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem campus), using kiosk technology. All those without Medical Center ID badges must register at the point of entry. Once you pass our routine health screening upon arrival, our screeners will partner with you to complete the kiosk registration process.
Please enter the medical center to register at these designated entry locations:
- Janeway Tower, Ground Floor entry (near parking deck entrance, orange level)
- North Tower, Main Floor entry (near horseshoe driveway)
- Adult Emergency Department front door
- Pediatric Emergency Department front door (Pediatric ED access only)
- Cancer Center 4th Floor
- Cancer Center 1st Floor
- Sticht Center Main Floor
As a community, we know you entrust us with the care of your loved ones. This is why we must maintain a safe, yet welcoming environment by balancing facility security with accessibility. Achieving that balance can greatly reduce the stress that you may experience during your stay or visit.
Visitor management and registration tools not only improve the safety of our patients, visitors and employees, they allow us to maintain real-time records of all patients and visitors present on Medical Center premises and aid us in managing the number of visitors based on active visitation guidelines.
This additional step in our entry process is a key part of continuous improvement. We are consistently evaluating how we may provide our patients, families and visitors with thoughtful caregiving in a safe, secure environment.
No use of tobacco products or electronic cigarettes is allowed on Medical Center property or within any Medical Center vehicle. We discourage the use of tobacco products by Medical Center staff/faculty or visitors on properties adjacent to Medical Center properties, such as sidewalks, highway right-of-ways, and privately owned properties.
Weapons are prohibited on all Medical Center property. “Weapons” is defined as any object used to intimidate, inflict bodily harm, or kill such as firearms, knives or blades, brass knuckles, mace, pepper spray, etc. Only law enforcement personnel with statutory authority (authority to enforce federal, state or county law) are permitted to carry weapons on Medical Center property.