Visitation Guidelines
 
 

Visitation Guidelines

Visitors have an important role to play in the care of your loved one. Visitors are needed for support, and as a spokesperson and advocate for the patient. Your familiar face and reassuring touch at the bedside will be very important to the patient, and you are an essential part of the team caring for your loved one.

Visiting Hours

Daily visiting hours for patient care areas are 12–8:30pm. The end of visiting hours will be announced each evening.

Visitors are asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer prior to visiting.

Visitor Identification

  • Everyone on the second floor is required to have a visitor’s badge or a WHH/WHWH employee badge, with photo. Photo identification must be provided to obtain a visitor’s badge.
  • Second floor visitors are limited to four per patient, not counting the bandholders or parents.
  • All visitor ID badges must be returned to the receptionist before the visitor leaves the building.
  • Bandholders may keep their badges until midnight of the day it is issued but must return them to the receptionist each day for a new one.
  • Bandholders must scan in and out of the building each time they enter or leave.

Special Circumstances

  • Patients may place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the outside of their door to restrict visitors. Nursing staff will notify the receptionist, and the receptionist will notify visitors when a patient has requested not to be disturbed.
  • A patient’s medical condition may necessitate the restriction of visitors. Nursing staff will notify the receptionist if this is the case.
  • During the labor and delivery period, a maximum of two support persons may be in the room at any given time. The option to modify the number of support persons (up to four) during the labor and delivery period is at the discretion of the practitioner.
  • If neonatology is requested for delivery, then no more than two support persons will be allowed at the delivery.
  • Only one immediate family member (spouse, significant other, parent, grandparent or caregiver 18 or older) is allowed to spend the night.
  • Children of an OB/GYN patient or siblings of a newborn patient who are under 12 may visit as immediate family members. These children are not counted in the four visitors allowed per patient, nor are clergy.
  • No co-bedding is allowed; an area to sleep will be provided.
  • Visiting hours are individualized to meet the needs of the patient.