Visitor Policy Update for RWJUH Hamilton

To Our Hamilton Community,

We continue to fight COVID-19 together. When we wear a mask, wash our hands, and socially distance, we each do our part to stop the spread of this virus. We are saving lives.

At RWJUH Hamilton, the safety and well-being of our patients, their loved ones, and our staff is always our number one priority. That is why, effective today, December 17, 2020, visitors are not permitted in our Emergency Department or on inpatient units. Ambulatory surgery patients are permitted one visitor for a short period of time prior to and after their procedure. For more information on our current visitor policy, visit our website at rwjbh.org/hamilton

We join with the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) and other hospitals in Mercer County and follow recommended health and safety guidelines to ensure that everyone stays as safe as possible.

RWJUH Hamilton, guided by our high quality principles, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local agencies, has taken a number of steps - in addition to our standard, rigorous infection control measures - to ensure our facilities remain safe places for you to confidently receive care, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • assessing patients for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival
  • testing patients for COVID-19 when they are admitted to the hospital, even if they are asymptomatic
  • requiring all staff, patients, and visitors to wear masks

RWJUH Hamilton remains an exceptionally safe place for you to receive medical care, as evidenced by our 10th Leapfrog Safety Grade A this fall and our recent Joint Commission re-accreditation, which is awarded to hospitals that adhere to the strictest quality and safety standards. There’s no need to delay routine care. If you or a loved one experience a medical emergency, do not wait. Call 9-1-1 or visit our Emergency Department immediately to get the care that is urgently needed.

We are here and ready to care for you, safely.

Sincerely,


Richard Freeman

President & Chief Executive Officer

VISITOR POLICY

EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 17, 2020

In accordance with recommendations and guidelines from New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) and other hospitals in Mercer County, the following Visitor Policy is in effect as of December 17, 2020.

  • With limited exceptions, visitors for inpatients are not permitted.
    • Patients receiving end of life care may have one (1) visitor at a time for duration of stay.
    • Patients with an intellectual, developmental, or other cognitive disability, may have one (1) visitor (who must be the same individual) for duration of stay.
  • Ambulatory surgery patients may bring one (1) support person to wait with them prior to pre-operative preparation and to pick them up upon discharge for instructions and to escort the patient out of the building. Support persons are not permitted to remain in the hospital during the patient’s procedure.
  • No visitors are permitted in the Emergency Department. We ask that you leave a phone number at check-in, so we may call your visitor, if needed, while you are in the emergency room.