Important Information About Visitation Guidelines

at Children's Specialized Hospital

Woman wearing a mask having her temperature taken while visiting the hospital The safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff is our number one priority. Please be aware of the following newly revised guidelines before visiting one of our hospitals or healthcare facilities — visitation exceptions may be made in certain circumstances:

  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Inpatient Units
  • Parents/guardians are permitted 24/7 (with sleeping accommodations for one parent/guardian bedside)
  • Grandparents and siblings (over the age of 18) are permitted from 10a.m. - 10p.m.
  • All other visitors (18 years of age and over) are permitted from 1p.m. - 8p.m.
    *Visitation guidelines are subject to change.
  • Pediatric Long-Term Care Units
    Visitation may vary based on New Jersey Department of Health guidelines. Please contact the individual units for further information.
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Outpatient Sites
    • Both parents or guardians are permitted to accompany a patient to outpatient appointments.
    • If needed, siblings of a patient who are under the care of the parent(s) or guardian(s) may come to outpatient appointments.
      *Visitor guidelines are subject to change.

Temperature, Symptom and Travel Screening

Approved visitors will be screened for the following and may not be allowed to visit or stay based on:

  • Symptom and temperature checks upon entering CSH facilities — if they present with fever or symptoms, they will not be allowed entry into the facility as recommended by the CDC.
  • Recent travel — anyone who has traveled within the last 14 days from states identified on the NJDOH travel restriction list or who has returned from international travel within the last 14 days will not be allowed to visit.
  • Contact with individuals with known COVID-19 — if any visitor has been advised to self-quarantine, they will not be allowed to visit.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All visitors will be required to wear a face mask. They will be provided a hospital issued facemask upon their arrival which will be worn throughout their stay in the facility, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

At the time of entrance, all visitors will be provided instruction on how to wear face masks. An instruction sheet is posted throughout our facilities.

If an individual is permitted to visit a COVID-19-positive patient because of extenuating circumstances or if a patient is on COVID isolation precautions, they will be provided with and must wear appropriate PPE as recommended by the CDC. Staff will direct the visitor on the appropriate PPE.

If a visitor refuses to wear a mask or other PPE as indicated, that individual will be asked to leave the facility.

*Face masks with valves will not be permitted as the valves allow unfiltered air to be released. This does not protect others from bacteria spread, per the CDC.

Prior to and During the Visit

All visitors must perform hand hygiene before visiting a patient.

Once in the hospital or facility, visitors shall remain in the patient’s room as much as possible throughout the visit, except when directed by hospital or facility staff to leave during an aerosol-generating procedure or other procedures in which visitors are usually asked to leave.

All visitors must comply with all reasonable requirements imposed by the hospital or facility to minimize the potential spread of infection.

Gatherings of family members, friends and other acquaintances of the patient in family lounges, waiting areas, the lobby, cafeterias or restaurants on campus is not permitted.

CSH understands that a hospitalization can be a stressful and uncertain time for many. The visitation policy reflects our commitment to addressing the needs of our patients while prioritizing the safety of all those who enter our facilities.

Our staff and physicians are here to support you and your loved ones and will take into consideration any requests that are made beyond the parameters of this policy in the best interest of the patient.

With guidance from the New Jersey Hospital Association, New Jersey Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and regional and local health departments, we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the health, well-being and safety of our patients, our staff and the communities we serve.

When not available to visit, we encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, FaceTime, Skype and other means.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

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We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

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