Beebe Medical Center Resumes Normal Visitation Policy

by Dave on May 27, 2010

With the threat of flu diminished, Beebe Medical Center has resumed its normal visitation policy of allowing children under the age of 16 to visit patients in the hospital. However, the children still must be healthy and accompanied and supervised by an adult. They must stay in the room of the patient they are visiting and not be allowed to run up and down the hallways or to disturb other patients.

Beebe Medical Center believes that visitors are important to the patient’s healing process, and has implemented policies that respect the comfort and safety of all patients. Visitors are invited to go to the Information Desk when they arrive at the hospital to get a Visitor Card. Someone at the desk can help them find the patient’s room.

The decision to restrict children visitors was introduced last fall by hospitals throughout Delaware to protect the health and safety of children and patients when the H1N1 flu had proved that it could spread easily and quickly.

A summary of the policy follows:
Visiting Hours

General Visiting Hours: 8 a.m. — 9 p.m.

Women’s Health Pavilion: 10 a.m. — 9 p.m.

Critical Care Unit: 8 a.m. — 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — 9 p.m.

* Patients can have no more than two visitors at a time. If there are already two visitors, please remain in the waiting area.

* Young visitors (children under 12 years of age) are vulnerable to the infections that hospitalized patients sometimes have. Young visitors may also spread childhood diseases to our immune-compromised patients. Therefore, children under 12 are generally not allowed as visitors except under special privilege circumstances. When allowed, healthy children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult and stay in the room of the patient they are visiting.

* Visitors may be asked to leave the patient’s room whenever it is necessary for medical care to be rendered or whenever, in the judgment of the clinical staff, visiting must be limited due to the patient’s condition.

* Visitors should not bring in outside food or beverages, as many patients are on dietary restrictions.

* Visitors should not bring in outside medications without notifying the nurse.

* Visitors are kindly asked to comply with the evening announcement when visiting hours are over.

If you need to make special privilege visiting arrangements, please speak to the Charge Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, or call the Patient Relations Representative to discuss this possibility.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org

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