Updated Visitation Policy - Effective 11.19.20
For the health and safety of our patients and their families, as well as our staff and the communities we serve, Virtua Health regularly updates its general visitation guidelines.
Effective November 19, general patient visitation is currently not allowed. Certain limited exceptions may be available (see below) and must be approved by a patient's care team.
A guide to visiting hours in Spanish is available here.
All approved visitors must sanitize hands and complete a screening tool for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival at our facilities; please review the complete list of visitor requirements in English or Spanish. Anyone coughing or showing other signs of illness will be kindly asked to leave and visit remotely.
Department-specific exceptions to the visitor guidelines include:
- Patients with Disabilities
o Patients with with an intellectual, developmental, or other cognitive disability may have one visitor at any time; speak directly with the care team to make arrangements and accommodations
o Both parents/guardians can visit pediatric patients 24/7
- Labor and Delivery
o No visitors in OB Triage. We will reunite the mother and support person as soon as possible.
o One visitor/support person may accompany laboring woman
o The visitor must remain on the unit and will not be permitted to leave and re-enter the facility
o Must be same visitor/support person throughout hospital stay
o A doula is considered part of the patient's care team and temperature check is required
- High-Risk Obstetrics*
o Patients admitted for induction of labor or scheduled C-section may be accompanied by one support person
o Ante-partum patients may identify one support person
- Mother/Baby Unit*
o One designated visitor/support person is permitted — the same individual from Labor and Delivery
*Note: For post-partum readmissions, the newborn and one parent/guardian may visit and must remain together at all times.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Special Care Nurseries:
o Visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the parents (or mother and one identified support person/care partner)
- Emergency Department
o No visitors are permitted in treatment areas unless a patient is unable to communicate urgent needs for him/herself. Virtua staff will primarily communicate with the patient’s designated contact person remotely.
- Hospital Patients in Isolation
o Visitation is not permitted for patients who are positive for COVID-19 or under investigation for COVID-19
o Exceptions may be granted in cases of patient at end of life
- Surgery or Medical Procedure
When possible, one visitor may accompany the patient into the facility. The visitor must depart when the patient is taken into the prep area. Please coordinate with the care team in advance.
- Patient Discharge
One visitor may enter the facility upon a patient's discharge to receive discharge instructions and caregiver education. Please coordinate with the patient's care team.
Hospital cafeterias are not available to visitors; however, they may visit coffee shops and gifts shops as available.
Visitors are not permitted at Virtua Medical Group offices and outpatient departments.
For more information, including contact information and driving directions, visit our Locations page.
Flower Delivery Policy
In order to reduce the risk of exposure, and in an effort to minimize the amount of people entering our facilities, Virtua facilities are no longer accepting deliveries of flowers, gift baskets, or the like. We ask that you please send these thoughtful deliveries directly to the homes of your loved ones during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your understanding.
Community Classes and Events
The health and well-being of our community is Virtua’s top priority, so we are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help slow the spread of COVID-19. While we are not currently offering in-person classes or events, we are offering seminars, support groups, and continuing education for health care professionals online. To see the schedule of upcoming events, please visit https://www.virtua.org/ClassesEvents, choose a topic, and click the search button. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 888-847-8823. You can find the latest information on the virus here.
Smoke Free Campus
Virtua became one of the first hospital systems in New Jersey to transform itself into a totally tobacco-free environment.