Effective Sunday, June 28, the visiting policy at Englewood Hospital is as follows:
General Inpatient Visitation
- One visitor at a time permitted. Visiting hours are 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
- No one under 18 years old may visit.
- No sick visitors will be permitted.
- All visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms (fever [100.4°F or greater] or chills; cough or difficulty breathing; loss of taste or smell) and risk factors and have their temperature taken upon arrival. Visitors will not be permitted to enter if they have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 with the last 14 days, are awaiting test results for COVID-19, or have been advised/required to self-quarantine. This includes anyone who has traveled from any state with widespread community spread of COVID-19 subject to New Jersey’s travel advisory.
- All visitors must use hand sanitizer upon entry and must wear a face covering or mask at all times. We will provide a mask to anyone who arrives without one.
- No visitors permitted for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, except for end-of-life patients.
- Visitors may not bring food or flowers. Personal belongings such as clothes and electronic devices for patients will be allowed.
- Visitors must check out as they leave the lobby.
Exceptions and Additional Restrictions
On units with exceptions and additional restrictions, nursing staff will provide further details to patients and visitors.
- Labor & Delivery: One support person allowed. In addition, a doula is permitted.
- Mother/Baby: One support person allowed from arrival to time of discharge. Visitor is encouraged to stay for the duration of the mother’s hospitalization, but may leave and return.
- NICU: Both parents may visit at the same time, but only one is allowed at infant’s bedside at one time.
- Pediatrics: Two parents may visit at one time, and one parent may stay overnight.
- ICU: Visitation will be by appointment only. Visitors should contact the unit nurse manager or patient’s primary nurse to schedule (Medical/Surgical ICU: 201-894-3390; Cardiovascular ICU: 201-894-3455).
- Behavioral Health (4 East): Visitation will be by appointment only. Visitors should contact the unit nurse manager or patient’s primary nurse to schedule (201-894-3142).
- Hospice/End-of-Life: Exceptions for extended hours will be considered. Up to two visitors are permitted at one time. Arrangements should be made through Patient and Family Engagement or the unit nurse manager or patient’s primary nurse to schedule.
- Patients with disabilities due to altered mental status, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers, or behavioral concerns can have ONE designated support person visit. A designated support person can be:
- a family member
- a personal care assistant
- another disability service provider knowledgeable about the patient’s care
- Same Day Surgery or procedural patient may have one support person.
- Each patient who is having a surgery, a procedure or diagnostic imaging will be permitted to have one visitor to escort them to registration and then to their destination provided they have screened negative. When the patient is settled, comfortable and prepared for their surgery, procedure or diagnostic imaging, the visitor will be required to leave the hospital and return to their vehicle until called by clinical staff to return to the patient for discharge and transportation. In the event the visitor has no vehicle and nowhere to wait for the patient, the hospital will provide a waiting area for those visitors to remain. The waiting area will have seating that follows social distancing guidelines and ensures the visitors are kept 6 feet apart.
- Emergency Department patients may have one visitor. If a patient is admitted from the ED, the visitor may escort the patient to the inpatient unit to get settled. Visiting hours as described above would apply based on unit.
All visitors must follow all instructions from the patient’s care team and the security team and may be asked to leave at any time if not complying with those instructions or otherwise in the interest of safety.
Updated July 31, 2020