Patients & Visitors

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Patients & Visitors


South Central Regional Medical Center is a 285-bed, public not-for-profit hospital located in Laurel, MS founded in 1952. The hospital primarily serves a 4-county area: Jones County, Jasper County, Wayne County and Smith County. The primary focus of the South Central Regional Medical Center Health System is to provide excellent healthcare services to the residents of South Central Mississippi and to improve the quality of life in the region.

With more than 80 physicians on staff representing 28 medical specialties, South Central continues to meet the healthcare needs of a growing region. With over 2,100 employees throughout the health system, the highly skilled healthcare professionals work with cutting-edge technologies and offer the most modern diagnostic and treatment options.

Mission of South Central Regional Medical Center:

Excellent Care and Service. Every Patient. Every Interaction. Every Time.

Vision of South Central Regional Medical Center:

By providing excellent care and service, we will become the healthcare provider of choice.

Updated Visiting Hours – Effective June 29, 2020 at 6 a.m.

Age Restrictions for Hospital Visitation

Individuals under the age of 18 are not allowed to visit patients at South Central Regional Medical at this time. Special consideration will be made for end-of-life circumstances.

Other Requirements

All individuals entering the hospital will be required to wear a mask and check in at the screening station located directly inside the main front entrance of the medical center.  Temperature checks will be taken prior to the visitor entering the facility.

First West, Second West, Obstetrics/Gynecology Unit, Pediatric Unit

All patients on First West, Second West, the Obstetrics/Gynecology/Pediatric Unit, will be allowed one visitor in the patient room at a time. One visitor swap will be allowed during patient visitation hours which allows a maximum of two patient visitors a day. Hospital visitation hours are from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The screening desk located in the front lobby of the medical center will coordinate the visitation of 2 guests per day during visitation hours. One visitor may stay with the patient over-night in the patient room. All visitors must check in at the nursing station on the unit when entering the patient care unit. Visitors must also stop by the nursing station when leaving the patient room.

Labor and Delivery

One support person will be allowed to be with a patient in the Labor and Delivery Unit throughout delivery.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Visitation hours for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) will be 6 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., 7 days a week. Visitation per time period will be limited to 20 minutes. One visitor will be allowed per visitation time period. This will allow a maximum for 4 ICU patient visitors a day, however, only one can visit at a time.

Visitors will be allowed to visit at the bedside of patients who are not on isolation. Family members of patients who are on isolation will view the patient through the glass exterior of the room and will be provided a complete update regarding the patient at the time of their visit. There will be no overnight visitors in the ICU waiting room.

Third West

Third West is designated as the hospital’s isolation unit. No patient visitation will be allowed on Third West except for end-of-life circumstances. Patients who require full time assistance or care will be allowed to have one care taker in the room with the patient at all times. This determination will be made during hospital admission.

Patients Having Procedures & Diagnostic Tests

Patients having surgical procedures and diagnostic tests (Radiology, Wound Care, Cath Lab, Colonoscopy, Laboratory Services, etc.) are allowed one person to join them when entering the hospital. The individual joining them must remain in the surgery/diagnostic waiting room throughout the patient stay. Cafeteria services will not be available to outpatient visitors.

Cafeteria/Food Services Only Provided For Inpatient Visitors

The South Central Cafeteria will be open only for those visiting patients who are hospitalized at South Central. Patient visitors may also call the hospital room service line from the patient room and order a meal by providing payment by debit card or credit card at the time of purchase. They may also pay cash for the meal when the food tray is delivered. The meal will be delivered directly to the patient room. This service is not provided to those who visit patients in the hospital ICU.

The cafeteria hours for inpatient visitors will be Monday through Friday during the following times: 6:30 until 10 a.m.; 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.; and 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Weekend hours will be 6:30 until 10 a.m.; and 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Packages Dropped Off at the Front Entrance

Previously, due to patient visitation not being allowed, family members and friends were required to drop off patient belongings/items/packages at the screening station in the front lobby of the hospital for delivery to patient rooms. Patient visitation is now allowed and this service will no longer be provided. Visitors will provide patient belongings/items/packages for patients during their hospital stay. Special consideration will be made for patients on isolation who cannot have visitors.


All patients who are treated in the South Central Emergency Department will be allowed to have one person with them during their Emergency Department stay. No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in the Emergency Department. Special consideration will be made for end-of-life circumstances. All individuals entering the South Central Emergency Department will be required to wear a mask and check in at the screening station located directly inside the front door of the Emergency Department where their temperature will be taken.