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Visitation Policy for Critical Care Patients Changed Till April 1 - Archived

BIRMINGHAM – Due to a heavy increase in respiratory viral illnesses throughout Alabama and the country, Children’s of Alabama has modified its visitation policies for its critical care units till April 1.

Beginning Feb. 16, visitors to the hospital’s critical care units must be at least 12 years of age and symptom-free to visit. This policy includes Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.

“We are taking this action for the benefit of our sickest patients during respiratory illness season,” said Delphene Hobby-Noland, director of Infection Control at Children’s. “We’re asking parents and visitors to make plans to have siblings and other children safely stay with another adult while they are visiting or staying with their children in the hospital.”

Children’s generally allows visitation daily from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. All visitors must register and wear hospital issued identification before visiting any area. As always, visitors experiencing the following symptoms are asked to postpone their visits:

  • fever in the last 24 hours
  • runny nose
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • been exposed to anyone with flu like symptoms

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. For more information, visit