"A Good Visitor is Good Medicine"
A good visitor can be an important part of the health team. Most people are good visitors because their positive attitudes help the patient and they use their visiting privileges with concern and thoughtfulness.
However, visitors (even the best ones) can create noise, unrest, congestion, and confusion, plus bring in dust, dirt and germs. For these reasons, hospitals such as ours have rules about such things as noise, visiting hours, child visitors, health and safety policies, etc. to ensure the best possible care and service to all our patients.
Unless otherwise indicated, visiting hours are as follows:
- 11:00 am to 8:30 pm (these hours are to be observed by staff and visitors).
- Visiting privileges may be curtailed or extended by the nurse-in-charge, according to patient care needs.
- Visiting must not conflict with nursing care, patient's rest or care related programs.
- Visitors may be requested to leave.
- Maximum of 2 visitors at patient's bedside at any given time.
- Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Special Care Unit
- Visiting is permitted 24 hours a day, for 10 minutes each hour or at the Special Care Nurse's discretion, depending on the patient's condition and need for rest.
- Visitors must check with the Special Care Nurse before each visit.
- Only adult-accompanied children of the immediate family may visit.
- No TV, radios or flowers are allowed.
- Visiting is permitted 24 hours per day for parents.
- Maximum of 2 visitors at child's bedside.
- Child must remain in pediatric area at all times unless special permission is obtained from the nurse-in charge.
- Parent-accompanied siblings may visit between 11:00 am and 8:30 pm.
- Visiting privileges may be curtailed or extended by the Charge Nurse, according to patient care needs.
- No food, candy, drinks or toys are to be brought in without the consent of the nurse-in-charge.
- The father of the baby and siblings may visit at any time, taking into account the privacy and rights of other patients. An adult must be present during sibling visits.
- Visitors may visit during OBS visiting hours which are from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Visitors are asked to respect theses hours so Mom has time for personal care for herself and baby; to spend with partner and children for family bonding; to allow rest periods as needed; and to allow nursing staff to assess and to teach necessary information.
- Children other than siblings are not allowed to visit.
- Visitors must remember to wash their hands before holding the newborn.
- If any visitor has symptoms such as a fever, cough, runny nose, or diarrhea, they must not visit. This is for the protection of all our newborn patients.
- Patients in the hospital are not allowed to visit in OBS unless special permission is obtained from nursing staff.
- Visitors are not to visit OBS after visiting other patient areas. If they wish to visit other patients, they should visit OBS first, then go to other areas.