Important Information About Visitation Guidelines

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:

NO VISITORS WILL BE ALLOWED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE in every RWJBarnabas Health hospital and healthcare facility, including Behavioral Health and outpatient facilities.

Limited exceptions include:

  • Pediatric units (only ONE parent/guardian will be permitted)
  • Maternity and Labor & Delivery units (only ONE significant other/support person can visit)
    For Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, please see their maternity visitation notice.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Units (TWO parents/support persons can visit)
    For Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, please see their NICU visitation notice.
  • Same Day Surgery or Ambulatory Procedures (only ONE person can visit)
  • Pediatric psychiatric patients (only ONE if/when a mutual agreement between the care team and the parents/guardian has been reached)
  • Outpatients may be accompanied by ONE adult (unless an aide or assistant is required)
  • All visitors 18 years of age and under will not be permitted
  • Patients with disabilities due to altered mental status, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers, or behavioral concerns (ONE designated support person can visit).
    A designated support person can be:
    • a family member
    • a personal care assistant
    • another disability service provider knowledgeable about the patient's care
    TWO designated support persons will be allowed if needed and PPE availability permits.

We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime, Skype and other means.

In-Room Virtual Visits

Extenuating circumstances to these temporary guidelines and individual requests will always be considered based on the best interest and needs of the individual patient. These extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to:

  • Patients on hospice or at the end of life
  • Patients who are critically unstable
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (one single-time visitor immediately after the procedure may be permitted)
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays where a family member or caregiver provides safety
  • Patients with disruptive behavior where a family member is essential to their care
  • Patients in need of a medical guardian or decision-maker

Please also keep in mind that all approved visitors will be screened at the entrance for temperature and symptoms prior to being given a visitor pass.

In addition to the above, gatherings of family members, friends and other acquaintances of the patient in family lounges, waiting areas, the lobby, cafeterias or restaurants on campus will not be allowed.

All approved visitors should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after visiting.

RWJBarnabas Health continues our preparedness efforts for coronavirus (COVID-19). These restrictions to our visitation policy reflect our commitment to addressing this global issue while keeping those placed in our care safe. With guidance from the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and regional and local health departments, we are following all necessary guidelines and are keeping a close watch on the situation. Please be assured that 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.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.