Visiting Hours & Parking
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Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, the visitor policy is modified at all facilities as follows, effective 12:01 a.m. on January 7, 2022.
Visitors are allowed into the hospitals or clinics under the following circumstances:
- Pursuant to State Public Health Officer Order dated December 31, 2021 and CDPH AFL 21-31 dated August 12, 2021, except as otherwise noted in this policy, all visitors to the General Acute Care Hospitals must show daily upon arrival for each individual visit either: (1) proof that they are fully vaccinated (two weeks or more after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose vaccine or single dose in a single-dose vaccine); or (2) documentation of a negative COVID-19 test that was collected within 2 days (if using PCR testing) or within 1 day (if using antigen testing) prior to visit and for which results are available at the time of entry into the facility. For visitors who visit for multiple consecutive days, proof of negative test is only required every third day (meaning testing results must be shown on day one, day 4, day 7, etc.). Visitors with a history of COVID-19 within the prior 90 days of visit may provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 and release from isolation in lieu of testing.
- Hospital visitor screening staff will verify and document vaccination status or negative COVID-19 test for all visitors, subject to the additional requirements noted below.
- Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 testing is NOT required in ambulatory or outpatient settings that are not located in the hospital. Refer to the Subacute policy for visitation at the subacute facility.
- Visitors may use either PCR testing or antigen testing. Any PCR or antigen test must either have Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or be operating per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Over- the-counter home antigen tests will not be accepted unless they are observed and resulted in front of trained hospital staff.
- Visitors shall not walk around the hallways of the facilities and must go directly to and from the patient’s room.
- All approved visitors should remain in the patient’s room during visitation and limit their movement throughout the facility as much as possible.
- In rooms with multiple patients, 6-foot distancing shall be maintained among visitors who are not in the same household if more than one patient has a visitor at the same time.
- Visitors who are not from the same household are expected to maintain 6 feet distancing between individuals and groups while in the facilities where possible, including in the waiting rooms.
- Persons who are providing advocacy, spiritual services, or legal assistance to patients may be permitted to visit upon request of the patient and at the discretion of the care team, in addition to the visitors permitted by this policy, as long as such persons comply with all vaccination/testing documentation requirement, masking, screening, and social distancing requirements.
All visitors shall be required to wear a surgical mask (or cloth mask for mass vaccination and testing sites) at all times while in the facility in accordance with current Universal Guidelines for Masking Patients, Visitors, and Staff. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own surgical masks, but if not, one will be provided upon arrival.
If a visitor reports to the care team that they are fully vaccinated, the visitor may have physical contact (e.g., hugging, holding hands) with a fully vaccinated patient while alone in the patient’s room (no other patients, visitors, or health care personnel are present). Staff may check with the screening station to confirm if visitor has provided documentation to show that visitor is fully vaccinated.
- In addition to proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test as outlined above, all visitors will be screened before entering the facilities each day and will not be allowed in the facility (regardless if they provide proof of vaccination or testing) if they have a temperature of 1000 F or above, are showing any COVID-19 symptoms, or indicate that they feel sick, or have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days or had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days. The patient may identify an alternative visitor who meets all requirements. Please refer to Screening for Patients and Visitors Prior to Entry into Hospitals/Clinics guidelines and Universal Guidelines for Masking Patients, Visitors, Staff.
- All visitors will receive a visitor badge identifying that the visitor has been screened and the date of screening. The visitor badge will be checked by staff upon initial entry and any subsequent entry into the facility to ensure that all visitors have been screened appropriately and that all visiting is in accordance with the requirements of this policy, including that the individuals confirm they are the identified visitors for the day or otherwise eligible to visit.
- Visiting of COVID-19 positive adult patients is generally not allowed. Exceptions may be permitted at the discretion of the care team for urgent patient care needs as long as all requirements of vaccination/testing documentation, of the Visitors Section of the current Guidelines for the Use of Personal Protective Equipment While Caring for Patients in Hospitals and Clinics During COVID-19 Pandemic (“PPE Policy”) are followed including, but not limited to, PPE requirements and counseling about exposure risks. Visiting for COVID-19 positive pediatric patients is permitted subject to requirements of the PPE Policy.
- Visiting Hours are subject to change and are at the discretion of the facility. allowed visitors are as follows
- 11am to 8pm for general visitation
- 8am to 8pm for rehabilitation unit
Up to two parents or guardians for pediatric patients, including PICU, NICU, and the Burn Center at any time, for the duration of the patient’s stay or surgery. Visitors accompanying pediatric patients to the Emergency Department or upon direct admission from an outpatient clinic visit will not be required to have proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test to enter the facility with the pediatric patient. However, if pediatric patient is admitted, subsequent visits will require proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test per this policy as soon as reasonably possible, but no longer than 72 hours later. Antigen testing may be available on the unit or through the Emergency Department pursuant to the patient testing policy.
- Ambulatory procedures in acute care settings: One visitor to accompany an adult patient to and from surgery. The visitor will be allowed to stay with the adult patient until the patient is taken into surgery/procedure per standard protocol. Once the adult patient goes into surgery/procedure the visitor will be asked to leave the hospital. Visitors may not use waiting rooms or wait in the hospital while the patient is in surgery or procedure. The visitor will be contacted to return to pick up the patient when the patient is ready for discharge. If a visitor is accompanying a patient who has a physical, intellectual, cognitive, or developmental disability or impairment, and the visitor is unable to provide documentation of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, the visitor may still assist the patient upon arrival and discharge (assuming all other requirements of the policy are met), however, the visitor must leave the facility while the patient is in surgery.
- Rehabilitation Unit: One visitor per day during the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, or as otherwise needed for caregiver training at the discretion of the care team. If no caregiver training is scheduled, visitation is at the discretion of the patient’s physician and clinical care team in consultation with the unit nurse manager as needed for patient care.
- Patients at End-of-Life: Nursing supervisor and/or charge nurse may coordinate up to 2 visitors (family members, or other individuals designated by the family, e.g. spiritual), for any patient expected to be within less than 12 hours of end of life. Visitors do not need to be from the same household as long as physical distancing can be accomplished. Visitors may visit the patient in this circumstance even if the visitors are unable to provide documentation of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, if all other requirements of this policy are met.
- All adult units: Due to rapid rise in COVID-19 infections driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, visitors are not allowed on the adult units except as otherwise indicated in this policy. Exceptions can be made during general visiting hours by the patient’s clinical team as needed for patient care and emergent situations.
- Patients with Physical, Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities or Cognitive Impairments: One visitor may accompany patient for outpatient services if the patient needs assistance or support. If the visitor is unable to provide documentation of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, the visitor may still assist the patient (assuming other requirements of the policy are met), however, if the patient is admitted, subsequent visits will require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.
- Labor and Delivery: One birth partner or support person for patients in the Labor and Delivery Unit during late active phase of labor, i.e., anticipated delivery within 2 hours, or at the discretion of the care team. If the birth partner or support person is unable to provide documentation of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, the partner or support person may still come in (assuming other requirements of the policy are met). As soon as reasonably possible, the partner or support person must comply with the vaccine verification or testing requirement. Antigen testing may be available on the unit or through the Emergency Department pursuant to the patient testing policy. In addition to the birth partner, a doula may be permitted to be present if prior arrangements have been made with the care team and the doula complies with PPE and infection prevention control guidelines and show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID- 19 test. Visitors for MICC (Maternal Infant Care Center) patients are limited to one birth partner or support person at the time of discharge. Otherwise, visiting on postpartum floor is subject to the same requirements as other adult units identified in section 4.
- Outpatient Clinics or Services and Procedures (including Emergency Department, Ambulatory Clinics, and Outpatient Services in the Hospitals): Due to rapid rise in COVID-19 infections driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant, visitors are not permitted except to accompany a pediatric patient, or a patient who has a physical, intellectual, cognitive, or developmental disability or impairment. For outpatient services in the acute hospital setting, if a visitor is accompanying a pediatric patient or a patient who has a physical, intellectual, cognitive, or developmental disability or impairment, and the visitor is unable to provide documentation of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, the visitor may still enter the facility and assist the patient while the patient is receiving the outpatient services, if all other requirements of this policy are met. In the ambulatory clinics, proof of documentation of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is not required.
Vendor representatives: With the approval of the Director of Materials Management or designee, or the Director or Deputy Director of Facilities, or designee, the minimum necessary vendor representatives needed to support operating room and surgical procedures, to respond to critical bid projects, for construction, maintenance, repair, moves, and extraordinary biomedical equipment support, and to implement contractual requirements such as in-service training, equipment maintenance and installation that are urgent and cannot be accomplished using phone or video conferencing. All vendors visitors entering the acute care hospital or subacute facility must show proof each day that they are fully vaccinated, or have a negative COVID-19 test as required by this policy, and satisfy all other requirements of this policy. If a vendor is needed in the acute care hospital to address a critical urgent patient care need and the vendor does not have proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, the vendor may enter the facility with approval of an executive leader to perform the critical function, but must leave the facility when the urgent situation is resolved and any subsequent visits to the facility will require proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test per this policy.
COVID-19 Mass Vaccination and Testing Sites, Locations, and Areas: At the discretion of site staff, children and adults are allowed to accompany persons receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or test at any of the community mass vaccination or testing sites, areas, or locations.
Virtual visitation through Facetime and similar options is encouraged and may be facilitated for patients on a case-by-case basis. With the limitation of visitors, it is expected that the patient’s attending physician, surgeon, or designee will continue to contact the patient’s designated family member or surrogate decisionmaker daily, and upon completion of surgery, with updates on the patient’s care.
O’Connor Hospital recognizes the importance of contact with family members and friends for the mental and physical wellbeing of patients. O’Connor Hospital does not restrict visitors based on race, color, gender, national origin, disability, age, religion, marital status, citizenship, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected classification.
Under the law, every patient has the right, subject to his or her consent, to receive the visitors whom he or she designates including, but not limited to, a spouse, domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend, and his or her right to deny such consent at any time. For the purpose of visitation, family includes any person who plays a significant role in an individual's life, regardless of gender, and even if not legally related to the individual. All visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences. Patients or their surrogates must be informed of these rights.
GENERAL VISITING GUIDELINES
In order to ensure that all patients enjoy visitors in a safe and secure environment, the following guidelines must be enforced. Visitation may be limited for failure to comply with the guidelines noted below, and for any other reason that may present a safety or security risk to patients or others. Staff should notify their manager or supervisor for assistance in enforcing these guidelines.
- Visiting may be restricted due to patient's need for privacy or rest.
- Visitors are not allowed to take pictures, video, or audiotape in patient care areas, in compliance with O’Connor Hospital’s policy.
- Visiting may be restricted due to need for privacy or rest by another individual in the patient's shared room.
- Visiting may be restricted if there is a health, safety or infection risk to patient, visitor or others.
- Visiting may be restricted as needed because of a pandemic or infectious disease outbreak.
- Staff may impose reasonable limitations on the number of visitors at any one time consistent with the guidelines of this policy, space limitations, safety and security, and needs of the patient.
- Visitors with cough, cold or respiratory symptoms will be instructed to wear a mask. Visitors who refuse to wear a mask or who have a rash or cold/respiratory symptoms may be restricted from visiting the patient.
- Visitors are expected to comply with instructions given by the staff about Personal Protective Equipment needed when entering/in the patient room.
- Visitors may not engage in behavior presenting a risk or threat to the patient, hospital staff, or others in the immediate environment.
- Visitors may not engage in behavior that disrupts the functioning of the patient care unit or treatment area.
- Visitors must comply with visitor security procedures established by O’Connor Hospital Administration.
- Visitors may not engage in behavior that creates a messy or unclean environment.
- Large family gatherings may be restricted for safety and security reasons.
- Visiting may be restricted if there are any substance abuse treatment protocols or other treatment protocols requiring restricted visitation.
- Visitors may not congregate in corridors or other non-established waiting areas. Visitors in waiting areas in excess of that allowed by Fire Marshall must remain on the first floor of the hospital.
- Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the O’Connor Hospital campus.
- Visitors must not sit or recline on patient beds.
- O’Connor Hospital staff may inquire about visitors' recent exposures and travel, as indicated by Infection Prevention staff. Visitors who may pose a health or safety risk to patient may not be allowed to visit.
- Visiting may be limited if there are applicable court orders limiting or restraining contact with patient or others.
- Staff may limit items that are brought into patient's room for clinical or security reasons.
Long-term parking is available behind the hospital.
Short-term parking is available in front of the hospital.