Coronavirus: Visitor Restrictions

Bristol Health is taking the necessary measures to keep patients and visitors safe, encouraging hand cleaning and the mandatory wearing of protective masks to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the healthcare setting. These measures are to protect our patients, visitors and staff.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending anyone who is returning from an area affected by the coronavirus isolate themselves to reduce the chances of spreading the virus.

Bristol Hospital Inpatient Visitor Restrictions


Visitation Policy

(Policy outlined here will go into effect April 5, 2022)
 
  • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older
  • A face mask must be worn at all times over your nose and mouth at our facility  Anyone who does not comply will not be permitted at any of our facilities
  • Everyone entering our facilities must complete COVID-19 screening protocol, including temperature reading and hand sanitizing at one of the stations upon checking in with security 
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Any request for an exception must be directed to the Nurse Manager or to the Nursing Supervisor during the off-shift and weekends
Hospital In-Patient Units (F, G, ICU)
  • Two visitors (2) will be allowed per patient, per day during visitation hours of 11am-7pm
Behavioral Health (Barnes)
  • Two visitors (2) per visitation timeblock
  • Visitation Hours are Monday to Friday from 6PM-7PM, Weekends and Holidays 1PM-2PM, 6PM-7PM
Senior Behavioral Health Unit (SBHU)
  • Two visitors (2) per visitation timeblock
  • Visitation hours are Monday through Sunday from 12:30PM-1:30PM and 5:30PM-6:30PM
 Emergency Center
  • Two support people (2) will be allowed for the duration of their ED visit
Families are First Birthing Center
  • Each patient is allowed two support people (2) (e.g. husband, significant other, family, doula) during the labor process.
  • Post-partum: 1 support person will be allowed 24/7. After delivery, the second support person will be allowed to visit during normal visiting hours.
  • Support persons will be screened and must wear a mask and remain in the room.
Center for Surgery
  • Each patient is allowed two support people that can be with them for the duration of their stay. During surgery, they will be allowed to wait in the waiting room until the patient is in recovery. 
 
Hospital Outpatient Services
  • Patients may be accompanied by one support person who is essential to their care.

 

VIRTUAL VISITS: Holding patient safety to the highest regard, we are offering virtual visits through Telehealth. A Telehealth visit can be done in the comfort of your home and allow you to connect with your individual provider concerning your health care needs. Click here to learn more on Telehealth.



Virtual Resources

  • While we have limited visitation for inpatients, we encourage you to use digital resources to connect with your family and friends in the hospital and to assist them with their care.
  • Zoom is a video conferencing app that can be accessed on smartphones, tablets or computers.  All of our inpatient units have access to ipads for patient use.  Patients can ask someone from their care team for additional information or reach out to a member from Patient Relations to help arrange at (860) 585-3269. How to Download and Use Zoom
  • FaceTime is a free video calling app available on iPhone or iPad devices that allows you to make calls with your loved ones who also have Apple devices. All of our inpatient units have access to ipads for patient use.  Patients can ask someone from their care team for additional information or reach out to a member from Patient Relations to help arrange at (860) 585-3269. How to Download and Use FaceTime

 

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