Effective Monday, Sept. 20, visiting hours for hospital inpatient units F, G and the ICU are limited to 12-2pm, seven days a week. There are no other changes to visiting hours in other areas. Click here for our full visitation information.

Visting Hours & Patient Visitation Rights

Visiting Hours

Please note that our Compasionate Visitation Policy is in effect.

Visitor Provisions:
  • Visitors of Bristol Hospital shall comply with all reasonable requirements imposed by the hospital to minimize the potential spread of infection and ensure safety for our patients, visitors, and staff.  This includes the use of hand sanitizer upon entry of our organization, wearing of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which include the requirement of wearing a mask over their nose and mouth at all times. Those that do not follow these provisions will be asked to leave.
  • All visitors need to be 18 years of age or older
  • For those wishing to send items to a patient, we will accept flowers, cards and mylar balloons (no latex)

Hospital In-Patient Units (F, G, ICU)

  • Effective Sept 20, visiting hours will be limited to 12pm-2pm,  seven days a week
  • We will allow one person at a time per patient.
  • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.  Requests for exceptions should be directed to the Nursing Supervisor as they arise.

Inpatient Hospice
  • 1 visitor per patient
  • Visitor must be 18 years of age or older

Behavioral Health (Barnes)
  • Visitors are being allowed for patients who have a 5+ day length of stay. 
  • Visitors are limited to patients who are COVID negative on the 5th day and are not a PUI for COVID.
  • The visitation hours will be as follows: Monday - Friday from 6-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1-2pm and 6-7pm. 
  • One visitor allowed per patient and visitors are not allowed to swap out during visitation hour
  • All visitation must be supervised by staff and must occur in designated visiting areas. Social distancing is encouraged and visitation split into 2 rooms for large amounts of visitors

Senior Behavioral Health Unit (SBHU)
  • Visitors are being allowed for patients who have a 5+ day length of stay. 
  • Visitors are limited to patients who are COVID negative on the 5th day and are not a PUI for COVID.
  • The visitation hours will be as follows: 12:30pm-1:30pm or 5:30pm-6:30pm 7 days a week. 
  • One visitor allowed per patient and visitors are not allowed to swap out during visitation hour
  • All visitation must be supervised by staff and must occur in designated visiting areas. Social distancing is encouraged and visitation split into 2 rooms for large amounts of visitors
 
Emergency Center
  • There are no set times for visits; all visits are solely at the discretion of the Emergency Center team
  • Only one visitor per patient.  Exceptions to be determined by ED staff.
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Requests for exceptions should be directed to the Nursing Supervisor as they arise.
 
Families are First Birthing Center
  • Each patient is allowed one support person (e.g. husband, significant other, family)
  • Support persons will be screened and must wear a mask and remain in the room
  • No other visitors are allowed
 
Center for Surgery
  • Patients are allowed one support person before and after surgery.
  • Visitors are allowed to wait in their designated waiting rooms or cafeteria. 

Hospital Outpatient Services
  • Main Hospital: Patients coming to Bristol Hospital for outpatient testing may be accompanied by one caregiver.
  • GI Institute: Patients coming to Bristol Hospital for appointments at our GI Institute may be accompanied by one caregiver.
  • Support persons will be screened and must wear a mask over their nose and mouth for the duration of their time at the facility.
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Requests for exceptions should be directed to the appropriate Department Director.

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Patient Visitation Rights

At Bristol Hospital we recognize the importance of support from family, loved ones and friends in a patient’s recovery process. Bristol Hospital’s visiting hours have been established to be as convenient as possible for family and friends while providing appropriate time for patients to sleep, be cared for and recover. The following are guidelines. Please know that they can be modified at any time based on specific patient needs.

As a patient at Bristol Hospital, you have the right to:

  1. Designate the individuals you would like to visit you during your hospital stay including, but not limited to, family members, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner) or a friend.

  2. Have all designated visitors enjoy the same visitation privileges that immediate family members would enjoy;

  3. Withdraw or deny your consent for certain designated visitors.

  4. Receive those visitors designated by you during normal visitation hours (generally, 11:00AM until 8:00PM, but individual departments may have different visitation guidelines to ensure patient safety).

  5. Designate a maximum of two (2) visitors at the bedside.

  6. Not have visitation privileges restricted, limited, or otherwise denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, payment source, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


Please be aware that certain clinical restrictions or limitations, as outlined below, may apply to your visitation rights:

  1. Visitation may be restricted for the health and safety of the patient or hospital staff, at the discretion of the hospital.

  2. Visitors may be asked to leave the patient care area at any time to facilitate physician/nursing care and/or procedures.

  3. Visits that are not beneficial, therapeutic or that place the patient and/or visitor at risk for infectious disease may be restricted as deemed appropriate by the patient care team.

  4. Designated visitors who have experienced a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, skin rash, vomiting or diarrhea in the 48 hour period prior to the visit may be discouraged from visiting to ensure patient and hospital staff health and safety.

  5. Visitors who are disruptive or disturb patients, staff or other visitors will be asked to stop the disruptive behavior and/or may be escorted from the premises by Security if such behavior does not cease.


 
Designated visitors within a patient room shall be limited as indicated by the department specific guidelines in order to ensure utmost patient safety and efficient department operation. For specific visitation guidelines for your department area, please ask the nursing staff or the Department Director in your area. A copy of Bristol Hospital’s hospital-wide policy on visitation is available upon request.

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