Middlesex Hospital Visiting Policy
Middlesex Hospital’s “Visitation Policy” has been established to provide a supportive and caring atmosphere for patients. Unit-specific guidelines are described below. Family and friends are encouraged to visit between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., and limit visitors to two (2) at a time. Our first objective is to ensure the best possible care for our patients; therefore, decisions concerning visitors will be made by the patient’s caregiver in collaboration with the patient.
- All persons 12 years of age or older should refrain from visiting if they have runny nose, cough, or other symptoms of respiratory infection, diarrhea illness, or any other suspected contagious disease.
- Visiting should be avoided if there has been a recent exposure to a highly communicable infectious disease such as chicken pox, influenza, or gastrointestinal illness.
- Visitors should not sit or lie on patient beds. Visitors should only use public bathrooms. Patient bathrooms are only for patient use.
Those who come to visit patients between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. will enter through the Emergency Department, and will be greeted by the Security Officer on duty. He or she will coordinate the visit with the staff on the patient’s unit by telephoning the specific unit.
Unit-specific Visiting Policies
Pregnancy and Birth Center
We encourage families and friends to respect the new mother’s need for rest and privacy by keeping visitation brief. Visitation is based on “moms’ choice” and is encouraged between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Special Care Nursery
Parents are encouraged to visit their baby 24-hours per day (except during nursing report).
Friends and family must be accompanied by a parent or have written permission from the parents to visit the baby alone.
Siblings are encouraged to visit when accompanied by a parent. A health screening form will be completed by the parent and reviewed by the SCN RN before the sibling(s) enters the SCN (Special Care Nursery). If family and friends report sore throat, diarrhea, fever, cold symptoms or exposure to contagious diseases within the previous two weeks, the visit will be rescheduled. During the months of October through April, children ages 5 and younger are a special concern for visiting and will be screened by the SCN staff before each visit.
Safety of all patients on the Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit is important. All visitors are educated about the importance of maintaining a safe environment. The visitor policy of the unit follows the Hospital visitor policy with the following additions:
- Visitors must identify themselves before entering the unit. The staff person at the desk will verify that the visitor is on the patient’s approved list of visitors before giving a visitor access to the unit.
- Visitors must stop at the nurse’s station.
- If a visitor is visiting a specific patient for the first time, a staff person will meet with the visitor to explain safety and confidentiality guidelines, and to obtain the visitors acceptance of the guidelines and signature on the visitor form. The visitor then signs in and may visit the patient.
- If the visitor has already visited the patient and signed the visitor form, the visitor needs to sign in with the date and time.
- All visits must take place in open areas, unless permission is obtained to visit in patient’s room with the door open. Permission may be obtained only through the charge nurse.
- No more than two (2) visitors per patient are allowed at any time. Number of visitors may be further restricted depending on the specific patient or the unit acuity.
- Visiting hours are:
Weekends and holidays: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Weekdays: 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Critical Care Areas
Visitors are limited to members of the immediate family and two at a time may visit. Visitors under the age of 12 will be permitted to visit by the discretion of the nursing staff. To provide adequate time for rest and treatment of your family member, we ask that you limit your visit to 15 minutes every hour during posted visiting hours. There is a waiting room for your family to use while you are waiting to visit.
No Critical Care or Intermediate Care visitation will be allowed during the following times:
We also ask that phone calls be restricted during these times so that the nursing staff can obtain reports on your family member and form a plan of care for the days activities.
Visits by Children
Healthy children under the age of 12 will be permitted to visit at the discretion of the nursing staff. Children may visit patients provided they are supervised by an adult at all times and in good health. Families are encouraged to check with the patient's primary caregiver before bringing children to visit a hospitalized patient. Children should not visit at all if they have a runny nose, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, rash, or fever.