Northside Hospital Cherokee

Northside Hospital Cherokee

Northside Hospital has expanded visitor hours at its Cherokee County campus, and has opened up to visitors at all other hospitals.

Visitor hours at Northside Hospital Cherokee are now 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the hospital announced last week.

Last year, all the hospitals were closed to visitors with few exceptions as part of its safety measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. In March, Northside Hospital Cherokee began allowing patients one visitor a day between 2 and 7 p.m.

One visitor per day will be allowed for non-COVID medical, surgical and intensive care unit patients during specified hours. The visitor must remain the same person for the duration of the visit and must be age 16 or older.

Visitor hours for the Northside hospitals are:

♦ Northside Hospital Atlanta – 1 p.m.–7 p.m.

♦ Northside Hospital Cherokee – 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

♦ Northside Hospital Duluth – 2 p.m.–6 p.m.

♦ Northside Hospital Forsyth – 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

♦ Northside Hospital Gwinnett – 2 p.m.–6 p.m.

One visitor is allowed for non-COVID emergency department patients. The visitor must remain the same person for the duration of the visit.

Patients under 18 are allowed two visitors.

Visitors are not allowed at outpatient facilities, including all Northside Hospital Cancer Institute outpatient oncology practices and infusion centers.

The hospital may make exceptions to the visitor policy for patients receiving end-of-life care, rapid decline in condition, emergency care, behavioral health concerns or other unique patient conditions.

All visitors will be required to wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose at all times while in the facility, perform frequent hand hygiene and remain in the patient’s room at all times unless asked to wait in another designated area. Those who do not comply with the guidelines will be asked to leave.

Visitors will be screened for symptoms of acute respiratory illness in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines before entering the facility, and those who screen negative will receive an armband to be worn for the duration of the visit. Those who screen positive for symptoms will not be permitted to enter the facility.

For more information about Northside Hospital’s visitor policy, visit

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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