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Visiting Hours and Guidelines
We understand that visitors are important to patients and their recovery. The hospital allows a family member, friend or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of their stay, provided it does not interfere iwth the rights of the other patients or interfere with the care process. In additiona ot this designated individual, two additional visitors may be present.
General visitiation hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There may be times when a patient is not feeling well enough for a visit, so we encourage visitors to discuss visiting 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.
• To foster a restful environment for all our patients, we ask that you limit the number of visitors to no more than three per patient at one time.
• Be considerate of other patients by keeping noise to a minimum, both in the room and in waiting areas.
• When the patient’s door is closed, the curtain is drawn or a sign is present, visitors should check with a nurse at the nurses station before entering the room.
• Visitors may be asked to leave the patient’s room during health care assessments, tests and treatments, or so the patient may rest.
• Children visiting the hospital must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.
• Visitors who have colds, sore throats or contagious diseases are discouraged from visiting patients.
• Visitors are not allowed to use patients’ bathrooms.
• A patient’s diet may be restricted for tests, procedures or because of a medical condition, so visitors should check with the nursing staff before bringing food or beverages to the patient.
• Latex balloons are not allowed in the hospital.
• Flower deliveries may be restricted; visitors should check with the nursing staff.
• Visiting hours and guidelines may differ slightly in critical care units: ICU, CCU and SCU. Visitors should check with nursing staff for the guidelines for that unit.
• We request that all visitors please wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before entering and upon leaving patients’ rooms.
Late Evening/Early Morning Visits
Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., visitors must hospital’s emergency department entrance, located on Fifth Street,
and check in with security for an identification badge. The main entrance and all other entrances are closed for security purposes. Once you arrive at the unit, please stop at the nurses station to see if the patient is able to have a visitor.
As rest is an important part of recovery, 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.