Children’s of Alabama Visitation Policy
We believe that family presence and involvement are essential to the healing process of our patients and value the need for family members to be together during a child’s stay in the hospital. At Children’s of Alabama, we encourage parents/guardians to spend as much time as they can with their child and to participate in their child’s care as a valued member of the care team.
We make every effort to comfort the patient as well as the families during this challenging time. Please keep in mind that occasionally physicians, charge nurses or hospital administration may limit, restrict or refuse visitation when it is necessary for safe patient care, to perform procedures, to handle possible emergencies or any other factor necessary for the wellbeing of our patients. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding when this occurs.
The following visitation guidelines are in place to help us reach our goal of providing the best possible treatment for our patient’s at Children’s.
- All visitors must register at one of the two information desks (located in the Russell Building or the McWane Building) to receive a parent/guardian or visitor badge. The badge should always be visibly worn above the waistline.
- A current government-issued ID is required to receive a parent/CAREGIVER or visitor badge.
- All guests must be free of infections when visiting a patient.
- Hands must be washed, or antibacterial foam/gel used when entering and leaving a patient’s room.
- All visitors must respect other patients and their visitors’ privacy.
- Any visitor under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult.
- Children’s maintains seasonal visitation procedures. From Oct. 1 through April 1, all guests must be at least 12 years old to visit a patient’s room.
- Parents/guardians may visit 24 hours a day.
- No more than (2) parents/guardians are permitted to stay from 9 p.m. – 9 a.m. (after hours) in the patient room.
- No one under 18-years-old may sleep overnight unless they have been identified as a parent or support person (a temporary overnight caregiver who has verbal or written consent by a parent/guardian). No one under the age of 14 may stay overnight.
- If more than one adult claims to be the patient’s support person, Children’s may ask each person to provide documentation supporting their claim. Children’s personnel who identify an apparent conflict should contact Social Services to handle and help resolve the issue.
Note: Patients/guardians who are in DHR custody will have their visitation plan evaluated upon admission and decided on by DHR and Social Services.
Friends and Family Visitation
- Visitation hours are from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. No visitors except parents/caregivers are allowed in patient rooms after 9 p.m.
- During general visitation hours, no more than (4) visitors are allowed at one time including parents/guardians, family or support person in a patient’s room. Visitors may change out as needed.
- ALL visitors must wear hospital issued ID’s.
- Parents/caregiver may receive or deny visitors at any time.
Units with Special Guidelines or Visitation Hours
Some units, including those listed below, may have special guidelines and/or visitation hours for parents/guardians, a support person and/or other visitors. Please ask the information desk or the patient’s nurse about their specific unit guidelines.
- Intensive Care Units
- Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit and the Cell Therapy Program
- Outpatient Clinics and Pediatric Practice Solutions
- One Day Surgical Units
- Emergency Department
For questions regarding our Visitation Policy, please visit one of the information desks.