At Memorial Hospital, our patients enjoy full visiting privileges; however, at times we may need to restrict these privileges at the patient's request or because of medical necessity.
We understand that you want to be able to visit your loved ones when it’s convenient for you. Therefore, our hospital is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Memorial's main doors are locked from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. During those times, all visitors must enter through the Emergency Entrance.
Please understand, however, that we may need to restrict these privileges at times either because of the patient’s request or medical necessity. Please check with the nursing station when you arrive or call in advance to make sure the patient is well enough to receive visitors.
All visitors must check-in to receive a visitor badge. This badge must be visible at all times.
Patients have the right to choose who may visit them. In certain situations, Memorial Hospital reserves the right to limit the number and time of visits. This may be due to:
- Physician requests restrictions based on the patient’s medical needs
- Patient needs privacy (especially during procedures or tests)
- Lack of adequate space to accommodate all visitors
- Court order limiting or restraining contact
- Any situation that would cause an unsafe environment for patients or staff
We ask for your cooperation if a staff member requests you to leave the room and return to the waiting room. This will allow us to fully concentrate on the patient’s care and needs. You will be allowed back into the room as soon as it is safe to do so. If you have concerns about our visitation policy, please speak to the manager in the area you are visiting.
It is the responsibility of each visitor to comply with policies that protect patients’ rights to considerate and respectful care and privacy.
- Guests must observe appropriate hand hygiene guidelines
- Guests who have symptoms of illness (e.g., cough, fever, runny nose or diarrhea) should refrain from visiting for patients’ safety. The nurse may ask a sick guest to leave.
- Please help maintain a quiet environment and avoid unnecessary noise.
- We encourage family visits; however, small children should be held by the hand for their safety. Children must be supervised at all times, and may not be left unattended in the lobby or on the units.
- Visitors should dress appropriately, including shirts and shoes.
- Food may be brought into the hospital for patient consumption, however, it must be in compliance with the diet order prescribed by the patient's physician. Please obtain nursing approval prior to bringing any food from home or outside.
- No pictures or video are permitted while care is being provided. This also refers to the use of cell phone cameras or other media devices.
- Latex allergies can pose a serious health risk for our patients, employees and volunteers. For everyone's safety, we kindly ask that you do not bring latex balloons into the hospital.