Northside Hospital – Friday, October 1 , 2021

Temporary Visitor Policy

In order to protect our patients, visitors, physicians, and caregivers from the spread of the coronavirus, we are enacting a revised temporary hospital visitor policy as follows.

  • Visitor Hours are 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, 7 days per week.
  • Front lobby will be open to visitors from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm Monday – Friday, during the remaining hours please enter through the ER Entrance.
  • Inpatient Units – Two visitors per patient are permitted with the following exceptions:
    • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Units
      For the protection of all, we do not allow visitors to visit COVID-19 patients; nor do we allow visitors to visit those undergoing investigation for COVID–19.
    • Exceptions must be approved by the hospital Administrator on Call (AOC) or administration and can be made for end of life situations.
  • Emergency Room – Two visitors are allowed per patient in the ER.
  • Patients Undergoing Procedures – Two visitors are allowed per patient. Visitors must remain in the designated waiting area. If the patient is admitted, the visitors can visit with the patient after the patient is admitted to his/her room.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 will not be considered for visitation unless they are the parent of a hospitalized child.
  • Hospital Cafeteria – Visitors are allowed.

All persons authorized to enter the hospital MUST practice hand sanitization upon entering the hospital and upon entering and exiting a patient’s room and MUST wear a mask at ALL times, including in a patient’s room. All visitors will participate in a passive screening.

They may only enter the facility if the answer to each of the following questions is “yes.”

  • I have not had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, or thought to have COVID-19, within the last 14 days.

  • I have none of the following symptoms:
    • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • I agree to wear a mask at all times that I am not eating or drinking while in the facility.

Be prepared to confirm that the above is true prior to entering the facility.

Patients may consider using phone, Skype, or FaceTime to communicate with family and friends during this time.

Circumstances may allow for specific exceptions to any visitation restrictions described on this webpage. Those circumstances include religious visitation as well as a designated support person for a patient with a disability to provide assistance with communication or other necessary components of the patient's treatment. All persons entering under an exception remain subject to appropriate infection control protocols.