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Visiting Guidelines

You play a key role in your loved one’s healing process. We at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS), recognize this. We strive to facilitate the comprehensive care of our patients, a vision that extends to every aspect of what we do. Our visiting policies are created to foster a family-centered atmosphere—something we believe is vital to a healthy, full recovery.

FLU ALERT

For the protection of you and our patients, the following visiting guidelines are in effect. Only visitors 14 and older are allowed in patient care areas. Visiting hours are between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm. Please limit visits in patient rooms to 15 minutes. Anyone with flu symptoms or recently exposed to the flu virus is not allowed in patient care areas. Please help reduce the risk of infection.

Stop Germs! Wash Your Hands.

GENERAL VISITING HOURS

Our general visiting hours are:

  • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Sunday

Most of our departments have no age restrictions or other restrictions, though there are some exceptions listed below.

INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (ICU) & CRITICAL CARE UNIT (CCU)

Our ICU/CCU visiting hours are:

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 8 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

PEDIATRICS

We know how important a parent’s love is during a child’s recovery. You will be welcomed to participate in your child’s care at any time during the day and evening while your child is staying with us in our pediatric care unit. Due to space limitations, we ask that no more than one parent stay with their child overnight. During the acute phase of an infectious illness, only immediate family members will be allowed to visit. Please keep in mind that visitors other than siblings must be age 12 or over.

NORMAN P. ANDRESEN, MD NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU)

Your involvement in the care of your child is fundamental and it is our mission to support your role during your child’s stay in our NICU. For this reason, our visiting hours are kept flexible. Parents are encouraged to participate in the feeding and care of their infant and may visit at any time.

In the interest of maintaining patient confidentiality, visitors, other than parents, are NOT allowed during:

  • Change of shift report: 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.; and 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • During work rounds

Please note that:

  • For the first 24 hours, only parents and grandparents are permitted to visit.
  • After the first 24 hours, visitors may accompany parents.
  • Parents may provide us with a list of visitors authorized to see the infant when the parents are absent. Photo identification may be required.
  • Siblings will be permitted to visit after completing our “visitation checklist.”

LABOR & DELIVERY

The expecting mother is given control over who may visit her during the labor process. Children under 12 may visit if they are the children of the patient in labor and must be supervised by an adult—who is not the patient—at all times so as to avoid disruption to the nursing staff and other patients. Patients in labor may have up to a total of four (4) adult visitors at any time, unless restrictions are necessary due to medical reasons.

MOTHER/BABY UNIT

Patients in our Mother/Baby Unit may welcome visitors during regular visiting hours. Fathers/significant others are welcome at any time and may stay overnight in the mother’s room. We ask that the number of visitors be limited to two at a time, with the exception of the father of the baby/significant other and the baby’s siblings, who are always welcome and not considered visitors. Children under 12 may visit and must be supervised by an adult other than the patient at all times in order to avoid disruption to nursing staff/other patients.

We ask that visitors to our Mother/Baby Unit remember the following:

  • An established Quiet Time is observed from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day to allow mothers and babies to rest. Quiet Time will be announced on the Mother/Baby Unit and visitors are asked to return after 4 p.m.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Visitors are limited in our Emergency Department treatment areas to two per patient unless authorization has been received from our medical staff. Other visitors may stay in our waiting area. Due to space limitations, we ask that visitors in our waiting area be limited to two per patient.

We believe that family and loved ones play a vital role in the patient recovery process here at SVMHS. Have questions about visiting hours? You can call 831-757-3627 for answers.