Visiting Hours

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We understand that support from family and friends means a great deal to our patients. Our visitor policy carefully considers a patient’s need for support with their needs for privacy, rest and recovery. We request that you postpone your visit if you have a cold or respiratory infection.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital values a family centered philosophy.  As such:

  1. Visiting hours are flexible to meet patient and family needs. Unless there is a special circumstance, we announce that visiting hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Refer below for specific visiting hours and policies for ICU, NSU and OB departments.
  2. Two visitors are allowed per patient at any one time unless there are special circumstances.
  3. Visitors must wear shoes and appropriate clothing.

Special Instructions

Regulations
The CEO approves general visiting regulations in accordance with State Law and State Department of Health regulations.  The attending physician’s specific orders for individual patients shall be observed.  Isolation cases shall have specific control of visiting.

The registered nurse in charge of a patient care unit is responsible to see that visiting practices are not detrimental to a patient or patients under his/her care.  If unable to control unauthorized visiting the Nursing Supervisor may be called to intervene.

The patient shall have the right to designate visitors of his/her choosing, if the patient has decision-making capacity, whether or not the visitor is related by blood or marriage, unless:

  1. No visitors are allowed.
  2. The hospital determines that the presence of a patient’s visitor would endanger the health or safety of a patient, a member of the staff, or a visitor.
  3. The hospital determines the presence of a patient’s visitor would significantly disrupt the operations of the facility.

Patient’s or the patient’s support person, have the following rights in regards to visitation:

  • Consent to receive visitors he or she has designated, wither orally or in writing, including but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner, another family member, or a friend;
  • Withdraw or deny his/her consent to receive specific visitors, either orally or in writing.

When a patient is incapacitated or otherwise unable to communicate his or her wishes and no one has presented an advance directive designating them as the patient’s support person, but an individual asserts that he or she, as the patient’s spouse, domestic partner, parent or other family member, friend or otherwise, is the patient’s support person, RRH will accept this assertion without requesting supporting documentation. RRH will provide the required information of patient’s visitation rights, and allow the individual to exercise the patient’s visitation rights on the patient’s behalf. However, if more than one individual claims to be the patient’s support person, RRH will request each individual provide documentation supporting his or her claim to be the patient’s support person.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital will not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. RRH will strive to ensure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges that are consistent with patient preferences.

Patient’s or the patient’s support person, have the following rights in regards to visitation:

  • Consent to receive visitors he or she has designated, wither orally or in writing, including but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner, another family member, or a friend;
  • Withdraw or deny his/her consent to receive specific visitors, either orally or in writing.

When a patient is incapacitated or otherwise unable to communicate his or her wishes and no one has presented an advance directive designating them as the patient’s support person, but an individual asserts that he or she, as the patient’s spouse, domestic partner, parent or other family member, friend or otherwise, is the patient’s support person, RRH will accept this assertion without requesting supporting documentation. RRH will provide the required information of patient’s visitation rights, and allow the individual to exercise the patient’s visitation rights on the patient’s behalf. However, if more than one individual claims to be the patient’s support person, RRH will request each individual provide documentation supporting his or her claim to be the patient’s support person.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital will not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. RRH will strive to ensure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges that are consistent with patient preferences.

For visitation instructions that address specific departments, please review below:

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

  1. ICU/CCU has an “open door” policy allowing visitation 24 hours a day except between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to facilitate shift change.
  2. Visitors may call ICU/CCU department 24 hours a day for information.
  3. Visitors are limited to immediate family and/or significant others, unless patient requests otherwise.
  4. Visitors should be twelve and older.
  5. Length of visitation is determined by patient’s condition and nursing discretion.
  6. Visitors may be requested to leave for treatments or during an emergency.

Newborn Visitation in the Neonatal Stabilization Unit

  1. Visitation to be limited to the parents and grandparents of infants in the NSU.
  2. Visitors are limited to 2 at a time.
  3. Visitors must be accompanied by the newborns’ parent.
  4. Visits are limited to 10 minutes out of every hour with the exception of the parent at the discretion of the nurse providing care.
  5. No visitors between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. or during patient admissions and transfers. Visitors are restricted at these times to maintain patient/family privacy.

Obstetrical Patient’s Visitation Hours

Labor patients

Husband or “significant other” and other family members may be present as the mother desires as long as the visitors do not interfere with the provision of patient care. The mother may change her mind at any time, and nursing will follow her wishes.

For safety, the hospital requests that no more than 2 participants be in the room at delivery.  Exceptions will be at the Labor nurses’ discretion.

Post partum patients

Anyone at the discretion of the family, physician and nursing staff may visit. Visitors must be free of illness. Families are asked to keep the visitors at a reasonable number. No children under the age of 14 years may visit with the exception of the siblings of the newborn.

Visiting hours

Because of our “family-centered” philosophy, we encourage family visitation and will comply with the wishes of the mother and father who will determine who they want to visit. We do ask that with the exception of the father of the baby that no one come before 11 a.m. and that everyone try and leave by 8 p.m.

All visitors must wash their hands  thoroughly before touching the baby. The siblings of the newborn may visit in the mother’s room to hold their new brother or sister. They must also wash their hands. No other children will be allowed in the room.  Approved hand gel may be used to cleanse hands if not visibly soiled, as per Infection Control Hand washing Standards.

The children will be accompanied by an adult and be free of infectious disease or symptoms (i.e., colds diarrhea, vomiting, fever, sore throat, etc.).

It shall be the responsibility of the Charge RN to question the adult accompanying the visiting child or children regarding the signs and symptoms of infectious diseases and/or exposures to communicable diseases. Concerns or questions should be clarified with the Infection Control Nurse.

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