Effective Thursday, January 7, 2021, Scotland Health will suspend visitation to control the spread of COVID-19. This change is necessary due to the large increase in the number of Covid cases in our communities and across the state. Scotland Health recognizes that this presents a hardship for patients and their families but believes these visitation restrictions are necessary to keep our patients safe.

Visitation will not be allowed at the hospital, except in limited circumstances where a single visitor may be authorized, such as:

  • Labor & Delivery: Laboring mothers may have one support person/coach for the duration of their stay. If the support person/coach leaves the premises for any reason, he or she will not be allowed back into the building.
  • Pediatric patients: A legal minor may have one parent or guardian with them.
  • Emergency Department patients who need a healthcare decision maker or require communication assistance may have one assistance person with them.
  • End-of-life patients may have one visit with up to four people.
  • Nursing Staff and the attending physician will work with families with special circumstances such as critically ill or injured family members on a case -by case basis


Even in the above situations, visitors with symptoms of a fever or respiratory illness symptoms, including cough or shortness of breath or COVID positive, should remain home.  All locations will screen visitors for signs and symptoms of illness.


Suspension of visitation also applies to the following departments and practices;

  • Scotland Memorial Hospital - All Inpatient Units

  • Scotland Memorial Hospital - Women’s Services Units  

  • Scotland Memorial Hospital - Emergency Center  

  • Scotland Memorial Hospital - Outpatient Surgical Services

  • Scotland Health Care System Rehabilitation Services (including Inpatient Rehab)

  • Scotland Cancer Treatment Center 

  • All Scotland Physicians Network Clinics  

  • Scotland Urgent Care Center

  • Scotland Regional Hospice


Scotland Health’s leadership and medical staff will continue to monitor local and statewide Covid data and regularly assess the necessity of visitation restrictions.   

Scotland Health offers a COVID-19 Helpline for our community members, who understandably are concerned and may have questions. Please dial 910-504-8990 should you need information regarding the current situation during the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.