Visitation Policy

Open Patient Visiting Hours and Guest Check-in Process

Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy

Families and other guests can visit patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the medical/surgical, telemetry, intensive care and coronary care units.  Some areas of the hospitals, such as the maternity unit and Center for Living, will maintain certain visitation hours to ensure clinical processes are conducted appropriately.

Hospital guests need to present a government-issued photo ID at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge and Raritan Bay-Perth Amboy’s front desks to obtain a “welcome pass” to enter the hospitals.  If a guest does not have an ID with a photo, an image will be taken at the front desk to allow for entry.

Raritan Bay Medical Center is focused on providing patient-and family-centered care (PFCC), as well as a safe and therapeutic environment for patients. As a tenet of patient- and family-centered care, family and friends are viewed as patient advocates whose support is essential to patients.  PFCC encourages family and friends to be more actively involved in clinical decision-making. Open visiting hours allow for this increased collaboration between caregivers, patients and their families.

Raritan Bay is committed to creating an environment supportive of PFCC, positive health outcomes and the safety and security of patients, families, guests, physicians, team members, and the community.

The medical center will make all reasonable attempts to meet the needs and/or special requests of our patients and families as they relate to visitation so long as these requests do not infringe on other’s rights or safety and are not medically or therapeutically contraindicated.

Visitation may be restricted in medically appropriate circumstances or based on the clinical decision of a healthcare professional charged with the patient’s care, or at the patient’s own request by opting out, fully or partially, from being listed in the inpatient directory.

A civil union partner or domestic partner of a patient will have the same visitation privileges as if the guest were the patient’s spouse.  Visitation privileges will not be denied or abridged on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, familial status, disability, nationality, sex, gender identity or expression or source of lawful income.

Guest Guidelines

  1. All guests will abide by hospital rules and regulations in place to support quality care for patients and a safe environment for all individuals in the hospital and be considerate of the rights of other patients, guests and hospital personnel. The medical center is a smoke-free environment.
  2. All guests will respect medical center property as well as the private property of other patients and hospital personnel. Medical center property is not to be removed from the premises.
  3. All guests will be courteous and respectful to other guests, patients, physicians and hospital team members.
  4. Guests are restricted to public areas of the medical center and the unit designated on their welcome pass.
  5. Visiting privileges will be denied to individuals who appear to be under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs and/or whose behavior is inappropriate or disruptive to the safety and wellbeing of others.
  6. Guests should not bring food for patient consumption unless approved by the Nurse Manager or charge nurse.
  7. Raritan Bay Medical Center reserves the right to inspect all packages brought into the medical center.
  8. To ensure the personal safety of patients and staff, Raritan Bay Medical Center regulates the use of patient-owned electrical equipment.  Only a few select items are permitted for use in the medical center such as small battery-powered devices and electric shavers. Raritan Bay reserves the right to remove from a patient’s room or vicinity any personal electrical device that presents a risk to their safety or to the safety of other patients or staff.  Other than noted above, all electrical devices must be approved by Bio-Medical Engineering Department.
  9. The medical center reserves the right to limit, change or suspend visiting hours as deemed necessary to ensure the safety and security of patients, hospital team members and guests.

Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy

Maternity and Pediatric Visiting Policy

Maternity Unit

Antenatal, Scheduled Procedures, and Early Labor/Induction Patients:

  • May have up to three guests at bedside between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • For antenatal/observation patients: after 8:00 p.m., one guest will be permitted unless the patient becomes admitted
  • One Primary and Two Secondary guests will be banded once full admission orders are received
    • No one under the age of 18 can be a primary support person
    • Support person bands shall remain in place until the delivery has occurred.  If the band is removed before delivery, that person shall NOT be permitted into the room for labor.  Bands cannot be replaced or transferred.
  • After 8:00 p.m. ONLY the three banded guests will be permitted onto the unit.

Active Labor:

  • Primary and Secondary guests will be able to be at bedside anytime
  • No other guests will be permitted at this time
  • Primary support person may accompany patient to the OR, unless the patient requires general anesthesia in which case no support person will be permitted
  • The nurse reserves the right to restrict guests to only the primary support person in states of fetal or maternal distress
  • No guests will be permitted during epidural procedure

After Delivery:

  • One hour after vaginal delivery and two hours after cesarean delivery maternity visiting policy will take effect
  • During the post-operative period, only the primary support person will be permitted into the recovery room
  • At this time, the three support persons’ bands will be removed
  • Primary support person will receive second infant ID band unless requested for a person unable to attend delivery. This must be stated by the patient prior to delivery.
  • The infant ID band should not be taken off until the infant has left the hospital. It cannot be replaced at any time.


  • A total of four guests (not including 2nd Infant ID band holder or siblings) may visit 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • The four guests must have a welcome pass obtained from front desk
  • Siblings of infant will be permitted during visiting hours under adult supervision
    • Patient cannot be responsible for care of minors and if children are left in the care of the patient, social work will have to be involved
  • One designated significant other may remain overnight

Special Care Nursery:

  • The two ID band holders are permitted at the bedside at anytime
  • Grandparents of infants are permitted for visiting with a banded person present, but a maximum of two guests are permitted at bedside at one time
  • No children are permitted in special care nursery, siblings may view infants from the window into special care nursery unless procedures are being performed in the nursery
  • Guests must comply with hand washing precautions and wear a gown at infant bedside
  • If there are any procedures being performed on any infant in Special Care Nursery, visiting may be restricted

General Regulations:

  • All guests must be free from exposure to, or visible signs of, infection/illness such as coughing, sneezing, and/or experiencing a sore throat, fever, rash, wound drainage or flu-like symptoms
  • Parents will be asked to remove any child whose behavior is disruptive
  • Visiting privileges will be denied to individuals who appear to be under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs and/or whose behavior is inappropriate or disruptive to the safety and well-being of others.
  • The staff reserves the right to restrict visitation due to patient’s condition and will alert security if the situation warrants

Security reserves the right to restrict guests due to disruptive or violent behavior towards staff or patient

Pediatric Unit 

8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for parents (one parent may remain overnight) and grandparents, and 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for other guests.

Raritan Bay-Perth Amboy

Center for Living and Crisis Stabilization Unit Visitation Policy

Center for Living (CFL/CLI) – Voluntary and Involuntary Units 

Monday through Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Additional visitation hours may be available due to special circumstances, on a case-by-case basis after review by the treatment team.

Note: All guests must check in at the reception desk on the unit and sign the guest log book.  At this time guests will be given a copy of the prohibited items list. The minimum age for visitation on this unit is 18 years of age.  Special arrangements can be made for children under the age of 18 years to visit with a patient at the Center for Living with a specific order from the physician indicating whether team member supervision is required.  The child must be accompanied by an adult.

Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU)

Guests are only allowed with the authorization of the charge nurse (or designee) or crisis counselor.  Determination is based on the needs of the patient and activity of the unit. Raritan Bay’s Safety and Security department must check with the charge nurse (or designee) or crisis counselor before allowing any guest into CSU.  A parent or guardian must remain with any child being treated in the CSU and can only leave at the discretion of the charge nurse (or designee).



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