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Visiting Hours

Last updated 5/26/22

General Visiting Procedures

At Valley Presbyterian Hospital, the health and safety of patients, visitors, employees, physicians, and the community remain our top priority. We continue to revise and adhere to the latest California Department of Public Health guidelines and strict infection-control practices through the post COVID-19 pandemic period. Accordingly, as of January 13, 2022 our visitation practices have been revised. Thank you for your understanding and your partnership in keeping everyone safe and allowing patients time to rest and heal.

Beginning January 13, 2022, Valley Presbyterian Hospital is complying with the recent California Department of Public Health's Order requiring that all visitors pass certain screening criteria to enter the hospital, which includes:

  • At the hospital entrance, present proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster, if booster-eligible (defined in the link above and on our Covid-19 page). Or show a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within one day (24 hours) of visitation or a negative PCR test taken within two days (48 hours) of visitation. If visiting on multiple consecutive days, proof of a negative test is only required every third day (i.e. testing is only required on day one, day four, day seven, etc.)
  • Visitors must wear a hospital issued face-covering and a new identification sticker each day, while on the premises, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Visitors must be 18 years of age or older, even if accompanied by an adult.
  • See additional requirements and guidelines below.

Exemptions:

The following visitors are exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements of this policy:

  • Visitors who are visiting a patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent.
  • In emergent situations, parent or guardian visitors of pediatric patients, a support person for a labor and delivery patient, support persons for a patient with physical, intellectual, developmental disability, or cognitive impairment and a person visiting for bonding visits including in-room stay with a newborn and hospitalized parent. For subsequent visits following the emergent situation and as soon as reasonably possible thereafter, but no longer than 72 hours, these visitors must comply with the vaccine verification or applicable testing requirements.

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 2/17/22

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

The following guidelines have been created to enhance family participation, while preserving safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • Please read the General Visiting Procedures above. In addition, the following applies to NICU visitors:
  • On admission to the NICU department, parents and guardians are initially exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements and may visit the NICU provided they do not have COVID-19 quarantine or isolation restrictions. For subsequent visits after the unscheduled admission/emergent situation and as soon as reasonably possible but no longer than 72 hours thereafter, parents and guardians must comply with the following vaccine verification or applicable testing requirements:
    • Present proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster, if booster-eligible (defined in the link above and on our Covid-19 page). Or show a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within one day (24 hours) of visitation or a negative PCR test taken within two days (48 hours) of visitation. If visiting on multiple consecutive days, proof of a negative test is only required every third day (i.e. testing is only required on day one, day four, day seven, etc.) In lieu of testing, show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the prior 90 days, and release from isolation.
  • Prior to entering the NICU, all visitors will be required to complete a Health Screening form, attesting they do not have any signs/symptoms of illness or infection. Visitors with signs/symptoms of illness or infection will not be allowed to enter the NICU.
  • 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 with proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination status, including booster if eligible, may visit provided they meet the NICU visitation criteria.
    • Parents with positive COVID-19 results may not visit the NICU until they have completed the current CDC recommended isolation period.
    • 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)

The following guidelines have been created to enhance family participation, while preserving safety measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • Please read the General Visiting Procedures above. In addition the following applies to PICU and Pediatrics Department visitors:
  • On admission to the PICU and Pediatrics Department, parents and guardians are initially exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements and may visit the PICU provided they do not have COVID-19 quarantine or isolation restrictions. For subsequent visits after the unscheduled admission/emergent situation and as soon as reasonably possible but no longer than 72 hours thereafter, parents and guardians must comply with the following vaccine verification or applicable testing requirements:
    • Present proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster, if booster-eligible (defined in the link above and on our Covid-19 page). Or show a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within one day (24 hours) of visitation or a negative PCR test taken within two days (48 hours) of visitation. If visiting on multiple consecutive days, proof of a negative test is only required every third day (i.e. testing is only required on day one, day four, day seven, etc.) In lieu of testing, show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 within the prior 90 days, and release from isolation.
  • 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, only one (1) parent or guardian visitor 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:
  • The father of the baby or the significant other, designated by the baby's mother, has 24 hour visiting privileges.
  • 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.
  • Up to two adult support persons 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.

Barlow Respiratory Hospital

Updated 3/31/21

Barlow Respiratory Hospital has reopened to visitors as of March 2021. To ensure the safety of patients, your loved ones, and to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19, there are limited visitor hours and visits must be scheduled in advance.

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