Visitation Policy

It is the policy of Raritan Bay Medical Center to provide patient and family-centered care and to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for our patients. Raritan Bay Medical Center recognizes that the support of family and friends is important, especially during illness and hospitalization, and our visitation policy reflects our commitment to patient family centered care.

This policy defines the regulations and procedures governing the activities of visitors to the medical center in order to provide our patients with the opportunity to have meaningful and safe interactions with their family and friends. 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.

The hospital allows a family member, friend or other support individual of the patient’s choice to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of the hospital stay, unless the individual’s presence infringes on other’s rights, safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient’s surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative.

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 visitor 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.

The medical center has the right to request visitors to present identification.

Visiting hours at Perth Amboy

General Patient Areas: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Note: Children 12 years of age and older are welcome to visit.

Pediatrics: 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 visitors.

Maternity: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for fathers, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for grandparents and friends, and 11:00 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for siblings. Note: Children must be at least 15 months of age and must have had measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations. Children must be accompanied by an adult other than the mother.

Intensive and Coronary Care: Open visitation 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of “Quiet Time,” 8a.m. to 10 a.m., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Visiting hours at Old Bridge

General Patient Areas: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Note: Children 12 years of age and older are welcome to visit.

Intensive and Coronary Care: Open visitation 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception of “Quiet Time,” 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Center for Living (CFL/CLI) – Voluntary and Involuntary Units: Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Note: All visitors must check in at the Reception Desk on the unit and sign the Visitor’s log book at which time they will be given a copy of the prohibited items list. The minimum age for visitation on this unit is 16 years of age. Special arrangements can be made for children under the age of 16 years to visit with a patient at the Center for Living with a specific order from the physician indicating whether staff supervision is required. The child must be accompanied by an adult.

Emergency Departments: To maintain patient privacy, visitors will be asked to leave during patient evaluation/examination and at 7:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. to facilitate patient privacy and appropriate communication among the interdisciplinary team during change of shift. Note: One visitor per patient at a time. Parents/Guardians are allowed for all children being treated.

Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU): Visitors 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 the activity of the unit. Safety and Security must check with the charge nurse (or designee) or crisis counselor before allowing any visitor into CSU. A parent or guardian must remain with any child being treated in the CSU and may only leave at the discretion of the charge nurse (or designee).

Hospice Patients: Hospice patients will be placed in a private room (whenever possible). Family and friends will be afforded the opportunity to remain with patient around the clock unless the patient has a roommate.

Visitor Guidelines

1. All visitors must obtain a visitor’s pass at the Patient Information Desk.

2. Only two visitors per patient are permitted at one time (except where noted otherwise), unless approved by the Nursing Supervisor on duty.

3. All visitors 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, visitors and hospital personnel. The medical center is a smoke-free environment.

4. All visitors 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.

5. All visitors will be courteous and respectful to other visitors, patients, physicians and hospital personnel.

6. Visitors are restricted to public areas of the medical center and the unit designated on their visitor’s pass.

7. Minimum age for visiting is 12 years of age (except where noted otherwise), unless approved by the Nursing Supervisor on duty. Parents will be asked to remove any child whose behavior is disruptive.

8. 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.

9. Visitors should not bring food for patient consumption unless approved by the Nurse Manager or charge nurse.

10. The medical center reserves the right to inspect all packages brought into the medical center.

11. To ensure the personal safety of patients and staff, RBMC regulates the use of patientowned electrical equipment. Only a few select items are permitted for use in the medical center such as small batterypowered devices and electric shavers. RBMC 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.

12. 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 personnel and visitors.

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