Hospitalized children suddenly find themselves in an unfamiliar environment. Having the comfort and support of family and friends while in the hospital can improve our young patients’ mood and outlook. At The Woman’s Hospital of Texas Pediatric Center, we recognize the important role visiting family and friends can play in the healing and recovery of our patients.
Here are some helpful guidelines when visiting a child at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas Pediatric Center:
Family members are always welcome to visit patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is always at the parents’ or guardian’s discretion to determine who may visit their child and at what time and day. A parent is encouraged to stay with the child throughout their stay.
Upon request, we allow one adult family member to stay overnight in the child’s hospital room. We find most children sleep better through the night knowing a loved one is near.
Please keep in mind that our patients need their rest, and we ask that the number of visitors in a patient’s room be limited. We do observe visiting hours for non primary care givers.
Since temperatures in a hospital can vary, you may wish to consider bringing a sweater or light jacket when visiting.
Remember that there is limited space in patient areas for storage of personal items. We recommend that valuables not be left unattended while in our facility.
We ask that an adult supervise children under the age of 12 who visit patients at The Pediatric Center.
Mylar balloons are the only balloons allowed in our facility due to possible latex allergies of patients, staff and visitors.
Flowers and live plants may not be appropriate for a patient due to certain sensitive medical conditions. Please check with the patient’s family or the unit nurse before bringing or sending these items to patients.
Due to patient allergies and possible dietary restrictions, please do not bring food into the unit for a patient without prior approval from the unit nurse.
We ask that visitors greater than 14 years old who have evidence of current or recent infection or exposure to contagious diseases, such as the flu, refrain from visiting.
Cell phones are permitted in most areas of the hospital and emergency room. Please observe any signs restricting cellphone usage in certain areas due to possible equipment interference.
Wi-Fi is available in most areas of our hospital for Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Be aware that some patient care areas such as the PICU and NICU may have unique visitation hours and restrictions. Please contact the unit nurse for information when visiting these areas of our hospital for further information.
We promote family-centered care at our facility, and we feel visitation from family and friends can be helpful in raising a patient’s spirits. Should you have any questions regarding the visitation of a patient in our facility, please do not hesitate to contact us. We feel so strongly about the benefit of visitation, we have developed a specific code of patient visitation rights. It is just another way we honor our promise to treat our patients and their families with kindness, respect and compassionate care.
Patient Visitation Rights
The Woman's Hospital of Texas Pediatric Center recognizes the importance of family, spouses, partners, friends and other visitors in the care of patients. We adopt and affirm as policy the following visitation rights of patients/clients who receive services from our facilities:
- To be informed of their visitation rights, including any clinical restriction or limitation of their visitation rights
- To designate visitors, including but not limited to a spouse, a domestic partner (including same sex), family members and friends. These visitors will not be restricted or otherwise denied visitation privileges on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability. All visitors will enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with any clinically necessary or other reasonable restriction or limitation that facilities may need to place on such rights
- To receive visits from your attorney, physician or clergyman at any reasonable time
- To speak privately with anyone he/she wishes (subject to hospital visiting regulations) unless a doctor does not think it is medically advised
- To refuse visitors
- Media representatives and photographers must contact the hospital spokesperson for access to the hospital