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Visiting Hours

Last updated 9/27/22

General Visiting Procedures

At Valley Presbyterian Hospital, the health and safety of patients, visitors, employees, physicians, and the community remain our top priority. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently updated its COVID-19 Public Health Order, stating that health care facilities no longer need to screen visitors for COVID-19 symptoms, or that visitors provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

According to CDPH, the updated guidance is due, in part, to the increase in the number of Californians - especially health care workers in high-risk settings - who are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

Effective September 22, 2022 visitors are required to:

  • Wear a hospital issued face-covering and a new identification sticker each day, while in the hospital.
  • Follow existing infection prevention practices.
  • Please see additional information below about visitor hours, number of visitors, and other requirements and policies.

We continue to revise and adhere to the latest CDPH guidelines and infection control practices through the COVID-19 pandemic period. As a result, there may be frequent changes to the visitor policy. Thank you for helping us keep patients, visitors, staff and physicians safe.

Additional requirements for Inpatient visitations:

  • Inpatients will be allowed two visitors per day, for 2 hours a day between 5 AM to 9 PM. Compassionate Care patients and those in Women's Services units may have two visitors during a 24-hour period.
  • Please scroll down for hours and additional details about visiting patients in the Women's Services unit (Labor & Delivery) as well as the Children's Services units (Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).
  • For the safety of the patient and others, inpatients with infectious disease will be limited to virtual visits.
  • Visitor movement within the facility will be limited to and from the path directly to the patient’s room.

Additional requirements for Outpatient visitations:

  • Outpatients will be allowed one visitor until transferred to the procedural preparation/surgical area and one visitor when in Recovery or Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) space (provided that social distancing can be accomplished, as determined by the Operations Supervisor.)
  • Visitors of outpatients are encouraged to wait in the designated spaces adjacent to their treatment area (e.g. Perinatology Clinic, Wound Healing Center) if social distancing can be accomplished.
  • If the patient’s procedure is to take two or more hours to complete, visitors are encouraged to leave and return when the patient is in the recovery phase.
  • Visitors may wait outside the hospital or leave and return.

Additional guidelines:

  • No visitor may eat or drink in a patient’s room.
  • Visitors to a two-bed (semi-private) hospital room must remain on the side of the curtain of the patient they are visiting.
  • The patient, when able, or their designated representative/decision maker (i.e. Durable Power of Attorney/next of kin) may determine who may visit the patient.
  • A court appointed conservator will not be denied visitation for the purposes of participating in health care decisions.
  • Oversight and questions related to an individual patient’s visitation plan will be addressed by the hospital’s Operations Supervisor.
  • Patients with diminished capacity or disabilities who may benefit from longer visitation to support their emotional well-being or be soothed during an agitated state may be granted extended visitation (not to exceed 0500 – 2100 daytime period.) This extended visitation will be recommended by the primary nurse and approved by the Operations Supervisor.
  • If multiple family members are requesting end-of-life visitation and the patient is actively dying, or has expired, two (2) visitors at a time may stay with the patient for thirty minutes. Children may be granted an end-of-life visitation at the discretion of the Clinical or Operations Supervisor.

Additional Policies for Women's and Children's Units

Last updated 9/23/22

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Please read the General Visiting Procedures above. In addition, the following visitor guidelines have been created to enhance family participation in the NICU, while preserving safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • On admission to the NICU department, parents and guardians may visit the NICU provided they do not have COVID-19 quarantine or isolation restrictions.
  • Parents and guardians are required to wear a hospital-issued mask at all times while in the NICU.
  • Due to physical space limitations in the NICU, only one (1) parent or guardian visitor will be permitted at the bedside:
  • There are no time restrictions on the length of visit:
    • Visitation is permitted 24/7
    • Parents or guardians may alternate time at the bedside
  • Visitation for babies who are COVID-19 positive or under investigation for COVID-19:
    • Parents or guardians under quarantine, following exposure or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, may not visit the NICU. However, they may designate one person to visit their baby in the NICU, provided they meet the NICU visitation criteria.

Pediatrics (PEDS) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Please read the General Visiting Procedures above. In addition, the following visitor guidelines have been created to enhance family participation in the PICU and Pediatrics Department, while preserving safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • On admission to the PICU and Pedatrics Department, parents and guardians may visit the PICU provided they do not have COVID-19 quarantine or isolation restrictions.
  • Parents and guardians are required to wear a hospital-issued mask at all times when in the PICU and Pediatrics Department.
  • Due to physical space limitations in the PICU, a maximum of two parent(s) or guardian(s) will be permitted.
  • There are no time restrictions on the length of the visit.
    • Visitation is permitted 24/7.
    • Overnight accommodations will be available for one (1) parent or guardian.
  • Visitation for patients that are COVID-19 Positive and/or under investigation for COVID-19:
    • One (1) parent or guardian will be permitted to remain with their child until discharge
    • In addition to the hospital-issued mask, parents and guardians must wear other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while in the patient's room, provided by the hospital

Maternity / Women's Services

General Guidelines

Please read the General Visiting Procedures above. In addition, the following applies to Maternity/Women's Services visitors:

  • On admission to Labor & Delivery support persons (no more than 2) may enter with the patient for unscheduled admission/emergent situation provided they do not have COVID-19 quarantine or isolation restrictions. Doulas must comply with the requirements below. Scheduled inductions and C/Sections must also comply with the following requirements:
  • One support person designated by the baby's mother, has 24 hour visiting privileges. The second designated support person can only visit between 5:00 AM and 9:00 PM.
  • Overnight accommodations are available for one (1) support person to spend the night. Our family birthing suites offer the comforts of home, including a sleeper chair.
  • All visitors need to be free from contagious illness and colds.
  • When not in the patient's room, all visitors should return to the designated waiting areas of the hospital, not wait in unit hallways or block unit doorways.
  • All visitors must wash their hands before holding or touching a newborn.
  • In order to maintain a clean and hygienic environment, we ask that you eat and drink only in designated waiting areas, and place all trash and debris in the appropriate trash can.
  • For the safety of our patients, latex balloons are not allowed.

Additional Guidelines

Non-Stress Tests (NST)

  • All visitors will be asked to remain in the designated waiting area during the NST procedure; one support person may be allowed in the ultrasound room (dependent on patient condition).

Labor & Delivery (L&D)

  • Up to two visitors from the same household designated by the mother may witness the birth or visit during labor.
  • Only one adult support person is allowed during a cesarean delivery and the recovery period.

The Golden Hour (Women's)

  • During the "Golden Hour," the first hour of a new baby's life, visitors will be restricted in the birthing suites. This will be a time for establishing bonding time between parents and the newborn, regulating the newborn's body temperature, and assuring neonatal stability.

Daily Quiet (Women's)

  • In order to help our mothers and babies get the proper rest they need prior to being discharged, there is a Daily Quiet Time in all of Women's Services. Daily Quiet Time is between the hours of 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM each day.
  • A system for visitors to leave notes for a new mother is available should a visitor arrive during Daily Quiet Time hours.

Visits to Patients with Isolation Precautions

  • Visitors to a patient on isolation precautions must check with a nurse for specific instructions, prior to entering the patient's room.
  • Visitors should wear personal protective equipment described on the isolation precaution sign on the door to the patient's room and as outlined in policy.

Perinatal Center

Updated 10/3/22

  • Children are not allowed in the Center.
  • Due to the COVID-19 protocols still in place, seating in the waiting room is limited. Patients can bring one (1) visitor who must wait in their car until the procedure time.
  • Patients are asked to reschedule appointments if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • A hospital issued face-covering is required at all times while in the Center.
  • In compliance with the California Department of Public Health Order, health care facilities no longer need to screen for COVID-19 symptoms, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is not required.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital

Updated 9/27/22

To ensure the safety of patients, your loved ones, and to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19, the hospital has limited visitor hours from 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM with only two (2) visitors at a time. No children under the age of 18 are permitted to visit.

Please contact the Nursing Station at Barlow Respiratory Hospital for more information at 818.782.6600, press 3, extension 8360#.