Visitation Protocol

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem promotes and supports a patient and family-centered approach to care. The facility is intended to be flexible in order to respond to the diverse and individual needs and preferences of each patient as well as to foster the safety of patients, families, and staff. Patients’ visitors are provided equal visitation privileges regardless of race, color, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, and any other legally protected classification.

Hospital Visitation Guidelines:

Patients have the right to designate any visitors, including a spouse, domestic partner, including a same sex domestic partner, another family member, or a friend. NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem does not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Patients may withdraw or deny consent to visitation to anyone at any time.

Additional Information
Visiting Guidelines
LGBT Health
Patient Bill of Rights

Visitation Rights:

  • The patient/support person has the right to withdraw visitation consent, and will complete a Request for Additional Privacy Protection Form.
  • The hospital may impose limitations on patient’s visitation rights in order to provide safe care to patients.
  • These limitations may include but are not limited to:
    • Infection control issues
    • Visitation that may interfere with the care of other patients
    • A court order limiting or restricting contact
    • Behavior presenting a direct risk or threat to the patient/hospital staff/others
    • Patient’s need for privacy or rest
    • Need for privacy or rest by another individual in the patient’s shared room
    • Substance abuse protocols requiring limited visitation
    • Clinical intervention/procedure where the care provider believes it is in the patient’s best interest to limit visitation during the clinical intervention or procedure
    • Reasonable limitations on the number of visitors at any one time

Visitation restrictions may be imposed on a particular patient, after the need has been identified, assessed, and documented.

VISITATION SPECIFICS

PEDIATRICS (Medicine/Surgery/Intensive Care)

Parents/Guardians are allowed to stay overnight.
All visitors are required to present valid NYS identification for access to the unit.
We prefer that patients have no more than four visitors at a time. Children are permitted, but must be accompanied by an adult, and not left alone.

OB/NEWBORN/NICU

Once mom is discharged from the hospital, at least one parent must be on the premises for anyone to visit the infant/child.
All visitors are required to present valid NYS identification for access to the unit.

LABOR & DELIVERY

All visitors are required to present valid NYS identification for access to the unit.

OB TRIAGE

All visitors are required to present valid NYS identification for access to the unit.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Visits on this unit are supervised.

Weekdays:

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Weekends/Holidays:

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

MEDICINE/SURGERY

We prefer that patients have no more than four visitors at a time. Children are permitted, but must be accompanied by an adult, and not left alone.

REHABILITATION MEDICINE

We prefer that patients have no more than four visitors at a time. Children are permitted, but must be accompanied by an adult, and not left alone.

INTENSIVE CARE SERVICES

Adult Medicine/Surgical
Pediatric
Coronary
Burn
We prefer that patients have no more than four visitors at a time. Children are permitted, but must be accompanied by an adult, and not left alone.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

It is in the best interest of the patient to limit visitors to two persons at the bedside. All visitations are at the discretion of the nurse in charge and the physician caring for the patient.

As a safety precaution, visitors may be asked to wait in the waiting room during certain exams, diagnostic tests, active treatments or clinical rounds. The medical provider or nurse may suspend visitation if it is deemed necessary to assure appropriate care or patient confidentiality.

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