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  • Visiting Hours and Guidelines

  • Your family and friends are welcome to visit you during your stay at The Miriam Hospital.

    Immediate family members can visit the intensive care/coronary care units 24 hours a day. We ask that family members keep visits brief. Visitors should call the nursing station from the waiting area before they enter the intensive care/coronary care units.

    At The Miriam Hospital, we understand that visitors are important to patients and their recovery; therefore, our visiting hours are flexible. There may be times when a patient is not feeling well enough for a visit, so we encourage you to discuss visitation with the patient and his or her health care team. The guidelines listed below were developed with the care, safety and comfort of patients in mind. If at any time these guidelines are not adhered to, you may be asked to leave the hospital.

    Visiting Guidelines

    1. The duration of the visit may be limited, based on the patient's condition, at the discretion of the patient's nurse.

    2. The number of visitors is limited to no more than three per patient at one time.
      Exceptions: a. For patients on Gray Precautions, only one visitor at a time is allowed. b. Specialty and procedural areas may have additional restrictions.

    3. Visitors should respect the privacy of other patients.

    4. Visitors should check with a nurse at the nurses' station before entering a room if the patient's door is closed, the curtain is drawn, or there is a sign outside the room.

    5. Visitors should read and follow any instructions posted outside the patient's room.

    6. Visitors must comply with Infection Control visitor guidelines, which include:
      a. Visitors who have colds, sore throats or contagious diseases are requested not to visit until symptoms subside.
      b. Visitors should wash hands or use hand sanitizer before entering and when leaving the patient's room.
      c. Visitors should cover sneeze or cough with a tissue or upper arm.
      d. Visitors should avoid touching anything used to care for the patient.
      e. Visitors are not allowed to use patients' bathrooms.

    7. Visitors may be asked to leave the patient's room during health care assessments, tests, and treatments and rest periods of the patient or the patient's roommate.

    8. Children under the age of 12 visiting the hospital must be accompanied by an adult.

    9. Visitors should check with the nursing staff before bringing food or beverages to the patient, because a patient's diet may be restricted for tests, procedures or because of a medical condition.

    10. Latex balloons are not allowed in the hospital.

    11. Flower deliveries may be restricted; visitors should check with the nursing staff before bringing any live plants or flowers. 

    Late Evening and Early Morning Visits

    Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., visitors must use the hospital's Emergency Department entrance located on Fifth Street. The main entrance and all other entrances are closed for security purposes.

    Quiet Hours

    Out of respect for all patients, the hospital observes quiet hours from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. If you are visiting during these hours, we ask that you pay special attention to your noise level and the length of your visit.