In light of the improving COVID-19 trends in our communities, we are modifying our visitation policy effective Thursday, October 6, 2022 in order to promote the important role that family members and visitors play in a patient’s healing process while balancing the need to maintain a safe environment for all. We ask that you take steps to fully implement these new guidelines. We will continually evaluate the actions needed to help protect our staff, patients and other visitors, and will adjust our guidelines accordingly in order to promote the safety and well-being of all.
- Visitation hours for adult patients remain 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.
- Two adult visitors are permitted during this period and may visit at the same time. We ask that visitors remain at the Dayroom throughout the visit unless directed by the care team.
- Visitors must undergo symptom screening upon arrival, perform hand hygiene and wear appropriate personal protective equipment at all times. Please be especially attentive to wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, in addition to correctly wearing other personal protective equipment as directed by Hospital staff.
- If a visitor does not pass the screening process or does not follow Hospital protocols, they will not be allowed to visit. In this case, a different visitor may be selected.
- Visitors who are sick or who display signs of illness such as coughing, runny nose, etc. will not be permitted to enter the Hospital; this is without exception.
- Visitors should display their hospital-issued security pass at all times while visiting.
Please keep in mind that individuals under our care participate in treatment throughout the day. If a patient is engaged in a group activity, please return for your visit at a different time.
The safety of the individuals under our care is our utmost priority. Therefore, we ask that all visitors check in with hospital staff upon arrival and allow them to inspect all packages and other items before your visit. Visitors will be asked to store items not allowed on the unit, such as cell phones and laptops. Secured lockers are offered as a courtesy during visits. Please do not hesitate to ask a staff member if you are uncertain if an item is safe. What might be safe for your loved one might not be safe for others on the unit.
Food on Patient Units
Meals are provided to all patients and prepared internally by our kitchen and dining staff. Food is not permitted to be eaten in patient rooms; rather, we serve meals in a community dining setting. Clinical dietitians are readily available and menus are tailored to each individual patient's needs. Due to limited storage capacity, we ask that unless there are religious reasons, visitors limit bringing food into the hospital, and if needed, please bring only enough for one visit and sitting (during designated visiting hours).
Items Not Permitted on Patient Units
Importantly, we ask that visitors refrain from giving any individual on the unit the following items, as these may cause serious harm or injury on an inpatient psychiatric unit:
- All recording devices, including any electronics with the ability to record or photograph
- Aerosol and soda cans
- Belts, cords, ropes, straps, electric cords, and clothing with cord or strings (i.e., hoodies, sweatpants, or yoga pants with strings)
- Cigarettes, matches, lighters, tobacco, vaping, and any other smoking material
- Wire hangers
- CPAP machine and insulin pumps
- Electric items, such as a laptop, iPad, cell phone, electric razor, electric reader, hair dryer
- Food, unless permitted by the unit’s policy
- Glass bottles and mirrors
- Keys, credit/debit cards, ID card, and licenses
- Medications/drugs of any type (over-the-counter and prescription)
- Pencils and pens other than "safety" pens and non-toxic markers provided by the hospital
- Plastic bags
- Pins (straight and safety)
- Sharps (i.e., tweezers, nail file, nail clipper, sewing needle, scissors, knitting needles, crochet hooks)
Note: A patient’s own tweezers, nail clippers, or crochet hook may at times be part of the unit sharp count and signed out by patient for use if deemed clinically appropriate.
- Toxic liquids
- Weapons of any kind
Gracie Square Hospital is a smoke-free environment. Our treatment team can support a patient’s smoking cessation efforts and/or provide nicotine replacement.