Flexible Times to Visit Family and Friends
Family and friends brighten a patient's days and can help speed the recovery process. At Winchester Hospital, our goal is to provide an environment that promotes healing and provides a positive experience for patients and visitors.
Because we recognize the value of emotional support during the healing process, we do not have defined visiting hours. However, some specialty areas (like the Intensive Care Unit) have more restrictive visitor policies for clinical reasons.
General Visitor Information
Some things to keep in mind when you visit patients at Winchester Hospital:
To help protect the health of our patients, we ask that visitors be free from colds, fever, rashes, chickenpox or other contagious illnesses. However, there are unique circumstances where we understand that visitors who are ill need to visit. In this case, we request that visitors who have a respiratory illness wear a mask.
You and your guests are asked to show consideration for other patients by talking quietly and keeping the television at a low volume.
Visitors in semi-private rooms should be considerate of both patients. Our nursing staff may request that your visitors keep visiting time to a minimum to ensure both your care and your roommate’s care are not compromised.
We encourage family visits; however, small children should never be allowed to sit or lie down on the floor or on the patient’s bed.
Visiting in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Some things to keep in mind when you visit patients in the ICU at Winchester Hospital:
We understand the desire for family to be present with a patient during this critical period. The nursing staff will work with each family and be as flexible as possible in arranging visits to ensure your needs and those of the patient are met.
At any time, we may have to ask visitors to leave due to other clinical situations in the ICU. Please understand this is to assist us in delivering needed care.
We ask that all patients have one designated person or family member with whom the nursing and medical team may communicate. This person can then keep other members of the family informed. This provides for consistency in communication as well as ensuring that the patient’s privacy is maintained.
Should there be any questions or concerns regarding equipment or ICU procedures, please speak with the nurse caring for your loved one. The nurse manager responsible for the ICU is available to address any concerns you may have. Ask the nursing staff to have him/her paged.
Visiting in the Pediatric Unit
We encourage parents to stay with their child in the Pediatric Unit at Winchester Hospital, because this can help a child feel comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.
One parent is welcome to stay with a child overnight.
Other visitors are welcome between the hours of noon and 8 p.m.
Visiting in the Special Care Nursery
Some things to keep in mind when you visit in the Winchester Hospital Special Care Nursery:
Parents are encouraged to call any time to check on their child’s status.
Patients are advised to check the next scheduled feeding time since the best time to visit your infant is just before and during the feeding.
Parents may visit the nursery at any time except during nursing staff shift change from 7 to 7:30 a.m. and 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Siblings are encouraged to visit; however, hospital policy requires that they are free from infections and illnesses or exposure to either. For safety reasons, all children must be supervised by an adult.
Grandparents are welcome but must be accompanied by the infant’s parents. No information will be given to anyone other than parents.
The number of visitors at the bedside is limited to two.
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