Updated Visitation Policy Effective May 24, 2021
Visitation for Inpatient Sites
Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center is committed to the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and staff. We are thankful for your ongoing patience and cooperation as we all work together to create a safe environment where we can continue to provide high-quality care to our patients. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited visitation at our facilities because reducing the number of people on-site can reduce the risk of patients and staff becoming exposed to and infected with the virus. Given the declining numbers of COVID-19 cases, increase in vaccination rates, and after careful consideration by our infectious disease experts and other members of the clinical staff, we are implementing the following updated visitation policy effective as of May 18, 2021.
Inpatients on Medical Units, ACE, MNO, Telemetry, Surgical Care Unit, Critical Care Unit (CCU) – Visitation is limited to two healthy visitors at a time –
- Non-COVID positive patients may have TWO healthy visitors per day between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Once screened, visitors must remain in the patient's room for the duration of their visit. Visitors may rotate, with no more than two at a time in the room.
- COVID positive patients – no visitation will be allowed at this time (exceptions include special needs, pediatrics and end of life patients).
- Emergency Department (ED) patients may have ONE healthy visitor for the duration of their ED visit. Once the visitor is screened, they must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of the patient’s ED visit. Visitors may rotate during the patient's ED stay.
Obstetrics (Labor and Delivery) patients may have one healthy support person stay with them for the duration of their stay and one additional visitor. Visitors may not rotate in the Labor and Delivery Unit. A certified Doula may be present, also.
Post Partum Mother/Baby Unit patients may have TWO healthy visitors at a time during visitor hours and they may rotate.
Neonatal ICU (NICU) and Pediatric patients may have two healthy parents visiting for the duration of their stay.
Patients with special needs or neurocognitive disability, or behavioral concerns may have one healthy visitor, parent, or guardian, at all times, if needed.
Patients who are at the end of life, including patients with COVID-19, may have two healthy visitors at a time. Visitors are asked to make arrangements in advance with the charge nurse so we may assist with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Outpatient Surgical Patients. See Visitation for Outpatient Sites for current guidelines for all outpatients.
Eating Disorders Unit. No adult visiting due to the open nature of the unit. Pediatric patients may have one parent at a time during visiting hours (7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily)
Guidelines for visitors:
- 18 years or older.
- All visitors are screened for symptoms at entry to the hospital.
- Visitors who have any symptoms will not be allowed to enter the hospital.
During your visit you must:
- Wear a mask at all times.
- Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
- Wash hands before and after visiting patients.
- Remain in the patient room or at the bedside throughout visit except to use the restroom.
- Visitors will be asked to conclude their visit and leave the hospital during patient procedures that occur in the room and when visiting hours are over.
Visitors who do not adhere to these guidelines will be asked to leave. Additionally, if a visitor leaves the hospital during their visit, they will not be allowed back in.
We understand that this is a stressful time for our patients and their families, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that we are dedicated to supporting you and your family during this challenging time — and we want to keep you safe.
Visitation for Outpatient Sites
As of May 24, 2021, Penn Medicine, Princeton Health is permitting patients to have one person join them at an outpatient appointment or doctor’s office visit. Visitor waiting areas and access to clinical spaces may vary by location due to physical space allowances. We want to provide the support you need and the best possible care experience we can. With most of our staff vaccinated and the local and state governments allowing more businesses to re-open, we feel safe lifting some of our visitor restrictions and ask for your continued partnership in maintaining physical distancing in our healthcare facilities.
If you do not feel you need a support person with you at your visit, we appreciate you coming on your own and helping us limit the foot traffic in our facilities.
Anyone who accompanies a patient to an appointment must be healthy and over the age of 18. To be approved as a support person and receive a pass to enter the building, please fill out our online prescreening form.