Visitation Policy & Guidelines

Visitation from family and friends is an important part of the healing process for patients. We welcome guests, but remind you that rest is an important part of the recovery process, which is why we ask that you keep visits brief.

Visiting Hours 
• Washington Hospital’s visiting hours are generally 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Critical care areas have additional visitor restrictions to allow undisturbed patient rest, but visiting is allowed anytime if allowed by the patient’s care provider. The patient’s nurse can provide more information. 
• Birthing Center visiting hours are flexible to meet the needs and wishes of the patient. 

Visitors are reminded of the following:
• Washington Hospital’s campus and all related health care entities are tobacco- and smoke–free zones. The use of any tobacco products -- smoking or chewing of tobacco, or any other substance such as marijuana cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes, and cigars -- by patients, family or visitors while on the Hospital’s campus and related health care entities, is strictly prohibited. 
• Children under the age of 12 are not permitted in patient areas without special authorization because some patients must not be exposed to common childhood illnesses. Children under 12 should wait in the main hospital lobby and must be supervised by an adult at all times. 
• Friends and family should not visit if they are suffering from coughs, colds or flu-like symptoms. Please only visit if you are feeling well. During flu season, additional restrictions may be in place to protect patients. • Visitors are not permitted in the operating and recovery rooms. 
• Visitors are required to follow all special precautions. Please check with nursing staff before entering rooms marked “no visitors” or “isolation.” 
• Generally, visitors are limited to two. Patient preference, care needs and available physical space are considered when determining who may be present. In a semi-private room the needs of the patient’s roommate must also be considered and respected. 

Consideration for the comfort and safety of our patients is our first priority. Nursing staff, in collaboration with the patient, may alter visiting hours and regulations at their discretion, as warranted by the patient’s condition, family circumstances and environment. It is understood that visitors may be asked to leave if their presence is stressful to the patient or in conflict with the treatment plan.

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