*Flu Season Visitor Restrictions*
To minimize our patients’ infection risks during flu season, we strongly encourage the following:
- Visitors with respiratory symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath), rash, and/or diarrhea should not visit
- Children 12 and under are asked not to visit (Special visitation allowed on Maternity Unit)
- Siblings of a baby in the Maternity Unit are allowed during visitation hours: 11a-1p, 4p-8p, even during hospital-wide flu restrictions
- All visitors should use water-less hand cleanser before entering and upon leaving the room
Visitors are welcome at Saratoga Hospital. Because our primary concern is the welfare of our patients, we ask that visitors respect our patients’ need for privacy, rest, and quiet. All hospitalized patients have the right to have visitors of their choice during their stay, unless visitation interferes with the well-being, rights or safety of others, or is not medically indicated in the patient’s care. Saratoga Hospital will not deny visitation privileges based on race, religion, ethnicity, language, culture, size, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability or disability. Patients will be informed of these rights upon admission to the hospital
Following are the visiting policies for each of our units:
Medical/Surgical Units –– A3, D1, C3
- 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
- Parents or guardians may have 24-hour visiting privileges and are encouraged to be with their children as much as possible
- 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for other visitors
- Visitors allowed at any time 24/7
- No visiting will be allowed when a major procedure is being performed
- Strictly limited to two visitors at a time
Mental Health Unit
- Daily visiting hour are 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 4:30- 6:30 p.m
- 2 visitors per patient at a time
- Children need to be supervised. No age limit
- All visits are at the discretion of staff
- Patients under the age of 18–immediate family members only
- The father of the baby or the significant other designated by the baby’s mother has 24 hour visiting privileges
- Siblings of the baby are allowed on the unit during visiting hours: 11a-1p, 4p-8p, even during hospital-wide flu restrictions
- Please note that all children need to be free from contagious illness and colds, and those under 14 should always be accompanied by an adult
The Golden Hour
Visitors during the Golden Hour, the first hour of a new baby’s life, will be restricted in the birthing suites. This will be a time for establishing mother-father-baby bonds, regulating the newborn’s body temperature, and assuring neonatal stability.
Research shows that babies benefit greatly by having immediate skin-to-skin contact with their mothers following birth. Additionally, the long-term success of breastfeeding is strongly linked to the immediate initiation of babies to the mother’s breast right after birth. The Golden Hour will be in effect for non-nursing mothers as well.
Daily Quiet Time
In order to help our mothers and babies get the proper rest they need prior to being discharged, we have instituted new visiting hours.
Visiting hours in our Postpartum Unit are
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Daily Quiet Time will be adhered to until 11:00 a.m. each day, and again from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
- If you arrive during Quiet Time, we have a system for leaving notes for a new mother