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Visitation Rights

You’re in good hands at Providence Children’s Hospital, and you’ll be pleased to know that Providence Children’s has a hospital visitor policy in place to ensure you and your child, as well as your child’s visitors, have a pleasant and comfortable experience. Learn more about the visitor rules below. 

Visiting Providence Children’s Hospital

We ask that all visitors to Providence Children’s, including family members, not interfere with patient care activities and observe and follow isolation precaution signs on doors. Providence Children’s also asks that anyone with any of the following conditions NOT visit:

  • Cold Sores
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Eye Drainage
  • Fever
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Open Wounds
  • Rash
  • Runny Nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore Throat 

You may also be asked to step out of the patient’s room in order for nurses and doctors to provide care as needed. 

Visiting in the NICU

Because infants are in a very delicate state in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, only parents and grandparents are permitted to enter the unit. Grandparents must be accompanied by a parent at all times. Please have your infant ID band with you at all times, as admittance to the unit will only be given to parents able to provide this. 

Only two visitors are allowed at the bedside at a time. We ask that you stay at your baby’s bedside and ask questions only about your baby to ensure privacy. Due to risk of infection, no personal belongings may be brought in for the infant. Information regarding an infant and telephone updates will only be given to parents. We also ask that cell phones be placed on vibrate and that you step out to receive phone calls.

While visiting your infant is highly encouraged, the unit will be closed during shift change from 6:30 to 7:45, morning and night. Try to avoid visiting and calling at this time. 

Visiting in the PICU

Visitation at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is based on the patient’s condition and care needs. No more than two visitors are allowed in a patient’s room at a time and children under 14 years of age are not permitted. Special arrangements can be made for a visitor younger than 14 to visit their sibling. 

Visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Only one overnight visitor is allowed as we can only accommodate one pull-out bed/recliner per room. 

Change of shift takes place at 6:30 and 7:45 in the mornings and evenings. Please limit your entrance and exits to the unit during these periods to allow our staff to give reports in a timely and confidential manner.  

Smoking

Providence Children’s Hospital is a smoke-free facility and all visitors and employees are asked to refrain from using tobacco products on all hospital property, including outdoor areas and parking lots. 

Alcohol & Drugs

Providence Children’s Hospital doesn’t permit the use of alcohol or drugs on hospital property. 

Weapons

Providence Children’s prohibits employees and visitors from possessing weapons of any type on hospital property, including outdoor areas and parking lots. Weapons are defined as guns, knives and other instruments that could cause harm.