As a visitor, you can help your loved one and play an important role in the patient’s healthcare experience and recovery. Visitors have a chance to become a vital part of our Harrington healthcare team and help bring TLC to your family member or friend.
To minimize the stress that accompanies hospitalization, you can help reassure and encourage the patient as well as offer comfort and security during your visit. You can also offer to assist in activities the patient can’t accomplish while in the hospital—mowing the lawn, collecting the mail, etc.
We ask that you remember our top priority is the patient’s treatment, comfort, and safety. During hospitalization, our goal is to provide an environment that promotes healing and a positive experience for the patient and their visitors. In order to accommodate the varied needs of our patients, the following guidelines are observed:
- Do not visit if you are sick.
- Utilize the sanitizing foam throughout the hospital to wash your hands and protect the patient from infection.
- Be sensitive to the need for rest and quiet by keeping visits short.
- Help the patient smile and laugh, which is sometimes the best medicine.
Visiting hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with the following exceptions:
- Pediatrics– Parents or designated substitutes may visit at any time. Recommended hours for other visitors are 1-8 p.m. One parent or designated substitute may sleep overnight in the room.
- Maternity-Labor and Delivery Phase: Support persons are allowed during this period at the discretion of the attending physician and/or nurse. After delivery – fathers, siblings and grandparents will be permitted to visit at any time, however, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Recommended hours for other visitors are 1-8 p.m.
- Intensive/Coronary Care-Visitors are allowed anytime, but short visits are requested. The ICCU nurse can help you plan a visit at a time that is best for the patient.
- Behavioral Health -Monday through Friday 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 1-8 p.m. Children may visit ONLY in the Quiet Room.
- 2 North/3North (Medical/Surgical Units)– General visting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Surgical Services– Patients may have a designated visitor before and after surgery; visitors can wait in any of the unit lounges. Parents of children 11 years and under may go into the operating room for induction of anesthesia and/or to the PACU if desired – this may also apply to older children in certain circumstances
- In an outpatient clinic, a patient may have a support person present during an examination by an L.I.P.
- Emergency Department patients may have a support person and/or a family member present during their stay.
If you have special circumstances that do not follow our visiting hours, tell a nurse or unit manager so we can work to meet your needs.