Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Hospital outpatient facilities shall respect the rights of patients to choose who may visit/accompany them when they are hospitalized or seen in an outpatient setting.
Visitation and the support of family and friends play an important role in the care and healing of the patients. We welcome all visitors and want to make the visits as comfortable as possible for both the visitor and the patient. Visitors will not be restricted, limited, or otherwise denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability. The patient has the right to withdraw or deny his/her consent to receive specific visitors.
Open visitation may occur 24 hours a day unless clinical limitations are warranted.
It is not possible to anticipate every instance that may give rise to a clinically appropriate rational for a restriction or limitation. Please check with the nurse caring for your family member or friend regarding any applied limitation.
Visitation guidelines are taking effect Monday, December 31, 2018, at several regional hospitals to further protect patients from influenza and other infectious diseases following a declaration by the New York state Commission of Health that the flu is now prevalent in certain communities.
The restrictions include the following:
- A maximum of two visitors will be permitted in a patient’s room at any one time.
- Children 12 and under will be prohibited from visiting patients’ rooms, as they are more likely to have and transmit respiratory infections.
- Visitors with rash, diarrhea or respiratory symptoms will be prohibited from visiting patients. These symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath.
Following are the visiting policies for each of our units:
Medical/Surgical Units –– A3, D1, C3
- 11:00 a.m. – 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. – 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. – 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
- Daily visiting hours are 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- 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, 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.
- Daily Quiet Time will be adhered to until 11:00 a.m. each day, and again from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
- If you arrive during Quiet Time, we have a system for leaving notes for a new mother