Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals expand visitation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s, and Miriam Hospitals are expanding their visitation policies with guidance from RIDOH.

The policy changes include the allowance of more visitors, longer visits, and the reopening of hospital cafeterias.

All visitors have to be 18 years or older and be screened at the door to enter. Once they’re screened, they’ll be allowed into the facilities, but will be required to wear a hospital-approved mask regardless of vaccination.

The following policies have been set to best ensure the health of workers, patients, and visitors:

  • General adult visitation (medical, surgical, step-down and ICU units): At Rhode Island Hospital visitation hours are 2 – 7 p.m.; patients may identify up to four visitors for the duration of their stay and two of those four may enter at a time. At The Miriam Hospital visitation hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., and patients may have up to two visitors at a time. There is still no visitation for any COVID-positive patients, except under special circumstances and at end of life.
  • Pediatrics (Hasbro Children’s Hospital): Two caregivers are allowed for the entire stay, with both allowed at the bedside 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and one caregiver may stay overnight. Two additional visitors, for a total of four per child and a maximum of two at a time, may visit during the designated hours.
  • Behavioral health units (both adult and pediatric): Hours are 4-6 p.m. Two visitors may be identified for the duration of the visit; one may enter at a time.
  • End-of-life visitation: For all patients being cared for at end-of-life, up to four visitors at a time will be allowed. There is no time limit on the visit. Additional visitors may enter in groups no larger than four.
  • Emergency departments: Family members/escorts are permitted during the intake process, as necessary for patient care – one at The Miriam Hospital and two at Rhode Island Hospital. Pediatric emergency department patients are permitted two parents/caregivers/guardians to stay for the entire emergency visit.
  • Diagnostic / Ambulatory and Outpatient Settings: Up to two visitor/escort or support persons per patient are allowed, at the discretion of the patient’s care team, for outpatient/ambulatory appointments or procedures.

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