Mayo Clinic new visitor rules due to COVID

Posted by Laurie @roch, Aug 1, 2021

If visiting AZ campus, check out this update:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/covid-19/arizona

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Visiting Mayo Clinic group.

Thanks for posting this @roch.

Please see this page which is regularly updated for all Mayo Clinic locations (Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic Health System).
Visitor Updates https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/visitor-updates

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I got the same message thru the portal a few days ago.

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Does the hospital ever allow a third visitor on the list of visitors. I am having surgery November 8 and my 2 adult daughters (my husband will be there also) want to come. I realize that only 2 visitors allowed at one time but can I add them to the list of visitors allowed?

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@kyaeger

Does the hospital ever allow a third visitor on the list of visitors. I am having surgery November 8 and my 2 adult daughters (my husband will be there also) want to come. I realize that only 2 visitors allowed at one time but can I add them to the list of visitors allowed?

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Best wishes on your upcoming surgery. If memory serves me, you’re having surgery on your pancreas. I hope everything goes well and with positive results.

Of course you’ll want your family around. It’s comforting for them and for you. As you already know, only 2 visitors at a time in the room but you can probably add a 3rd person to the list, just rotate the visits. When you’re admitted just ask the intake nurse. A little sweet talk can go a long way. 😉
However, limiting visitors is for your safety as well as other patients on the floor so they may stick with the plan. Is there a time frame for how long you’ll be there?

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Thank you for your reply. They say I’ll be in the hospital 7-12 days.

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@kyaeger

Thank you for your reply. They say I’ll be in the hospital 7-12 days.

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@kyaeger, You can find Patient & visitor updates for each of the Mayo Campuses for Emergency department and hospital areas at:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19

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@kyaeger

Thank you for your reply. They say I’ll be in the hospital 7-12 days.

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Just long enough to get really tired of hospital food, huh. ☺️. I would think with a stay that long, you’d be able to rotate husband, daughter visits. You’ll be in wonderful hands though with the doctors and staff at Mayo.
Will you be at St Mary’s or Methodist Hospital? Do you have any questions about lodging or anything your family might need while you’re in the hospital?

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@loribmt

Just long enough to get really tired of hospital food, huh. ☺️. I would think with a stay that long, you’d be able to rotate husband, daughter visits. You’ll be in wonderful hands though with the doctors and staff at Mayo.
Will you be at St Mary’s or Methodist Hospital? Do you have any questions about lodging or anything your family might need while you’re in the hospital?

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I’ll be at St. Mary’s.
Lodging arrangements made. Staying at Aspen Suites.
I’m just hoping I can eat anything. Lol

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@kyaeger

I’ll be at St. Mary’s.
Lodging arrangements made. Staying at Aspen Suites.
I’m just hoping I can eat anything. Lol

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Oh good choice on hotels, super convenient right across the street from you. And right next to Canadian Honker…sorry, that won’t do you much good but maybe a daughter can sneak up a piece of that Cocoanut cake for you. mmmm.

I’d laugh with you but oh golly, you have some major surgery ahead. Are you having a complete removal of your pancreas? You’re going to have some diet changes coming up, short and long term, me thinks…

I don’t know what recovery is like for that surgery. Probably liquid the first few days. Have you had a chat with your surgeon yet and what to expect?
The nurses are always able to grab quick snacks for you. The hospital kitchen is closed at 6:30 if I remember, so sometimes with my last meal, knowing I’d need something in the middle of the night, I’d order extra foods to take with my meds. Things like banana bread, Rice Krispie bars (as per my dietitian! I loved her! She just wanted to get calories in me). There’s always cheese sticks, pudding, protein shakes and some healthier snacks available with the nurses. But if you’re having your pancreas out, you’ll be insulin dependent so I’m not sure what you’ll be eating for quick fixes.

Mayo Clinic is so good with providing information pre and post surgery, Have you had discussions about your dietary changes and medications you’ll be taking like pancreatic enzymes?

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Yes I am having a total Pancreatectomy/splenectomy. I realize that there are major life changes. I am relying on my care team at the hospital.
I am trying to make arrangements for a care team for when I get home.

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@kyaeger

Yes I am having a total Pancreatectomy/splenectomy. I realize that there are major life changes. I am relying on my care team at the hospital.
I am trying to make arrangements for a care team for when I get home.

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Sometimes we’re faced with no other decision than to meet these new challenges head on, right? I went through similar 2 years ago. Odds of survival without treatments/procedure were grim. So I opted to go for broke! Beats the alternative. With the help of my Mayo Team I’m surviving and thriving.

You have that same inner voice guiding you forward. In my house it’s called the Sprit of Endurance. We except, adapt and move on. I see this same spirit in you, knowing there will be major changes you’re already setting in motion what it will take to help you adapt to the new you. In time it will become second nature. And believe me, we never know how strong we can be until it’s the only choice.

Being cancer free is the goal! You’ll do what it takes to win this battle.
You may not feel up to it for a while, but it would be great if you’d check in to let me know how you’re doing after surgery.

Are you working with the social services dept at Mayo? They’re really good with helping to work with your insurance company to set up home care services after discharge.

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@loribmt

Sometimes we’re faced with no other decision than to meet these new challenges head on, right? I went through similar 2 years ago. Odds of survival without treatments/procedure were grim. So I opted to go for broke! Beats the alternative. With the help of my Mayo Team I’m surviving and thriving.

You have that same inner voice guiding you forward. In my house it’s called the Sprit of Endurance. We except, adapt and move on. I see this same spirit in you, knowing there will be major changes you’re already setting in motion what it will take to help you adapt to the new you. In time it will become second nature. And believe me, we never know how strong we can be until it’s the only choice.

Being cancer free is the goal! You’ll do what it takes to win this battle.
You may not feel up to it for a while, but it would be great if you’d check in to let me know how you’re doing after surgery.

Are you working with the social services dept at Mayo? They’re really good with helping to work with your insurance company to set up home care services after discharge.

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Geez, @loribmt , can I just clone your comments. You never know how strong you can be until it’s the only choice. This should be at the top of every thread. If we could just give that feeling to the person before they have gone into the storm it would be soooooo helpful.

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