Coronavirus: Visitor Restrictions

Bristol Health is taking the necessary measures to keep patients and visitors safe, encouraging hand cleaning and the mandatory wearing of protective masks to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the healthcare setting. These measures are to protect our patients, visitors and staff.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending anyone who is returning from an area affected by the coronavirus isolate themselves to reduce the chances of spreading the virus.

Bristol Hospital Inpatient Visitor Restrictions


Our Compassionate No Visitation policy is in effect.

(Policy outlined here will go into effect December 31, 2021)

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of our patients and staff, no visitation is allowed to our hospital and outpatient facilities

Hospital In-Patient Units (F, G, ICU)
  • If exceptions are granted, visitors must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Any request for an exception must be directed to the Nurse Manager, or to the Nursing Supervisor during the off-shift and weekends.

Behavioral Health (Barnes)
  • If exceptions are granted,visitors must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Any request for an exception must be directed to the Nurse Manager, or to the Nursing Supervisor during the off-shift and weekends.

Senior Behavioral Health Unit (SBHU)
  • If exceptions are granted, visitors must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Any request for an exception must be directed to the Nurse Manager, or to the Nursing Supervisor during the off-shift and weekends.
 
Emergency Center
  • If exceptions are granted, visitors must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Any request for an exception must be directed to the Nurse Manager, or to the Nursing Supervisor during the off-shift and weekends.
 
Families are First Birthing Center
  • Each patient is allowed one support person (e.g. husband, significant other, family)
  • Support persons will be screened and must wear a mask and remain in the room
  • No other visitors are allowed
 
Center for Surgery
  • If exceptions are granted, visitors must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Any request for an exception must be directed to the Nurse Manager, or to the Nursing Supervisor during the off-shift and weekends.

Hospital Outpatient Services
  • Patients may be accompanied by one support person who is essential to their care.
  • Support persons will be screened and must wear a mask over their nose and mouth for the duration of their time at the facility.
  • Humanitarian exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Requests for exceptions should be directed to the appropriate Department Director
 

Ingraham Manor Visitor Restrictions

Effective 1/22/2022 through 2/15/22 all visitors will need to show proof that they are up to date with their covid vaccinations. This means all the vaccines in a series plus the booster if eligible or proof of a negative covid test. The testing requirement is a negative antigen within 48 hours or a negative pcr within 72 hours.

Proof of vaccination or negative test can be paper or electronic. Electronic proof can be emailed to nschmidt@bristolhospital.org. Paper proof will be copied upon entry to the facility.

If you are unable to get a negative covid test, the facility may provide you with a test for you to complete independently. If you are going to use the facilities test you must return to your car to test and then return once the test is completed. A picture of the result should be shown to the receptionist as well as emailed to Noreen.

Unfortunately, due to this new guidance the front door will again be locked at all times to ensure a staff member is able verify compliance with the vaccine/testing requirements. We anticipate unlocking doors after February 15, 2022. 

If you are able to send a copy of your vaccine card ahead of time, please email Noreen and will be filed accordingly. 


 

VIRTUAL VISITS: Holding patient safety to the highest regard, we are offering virtual visits through Telehealth. A Telehealth visit can be done in the comfort of your home and allow you to connect with your individual provider concerning your health care needs. Click here to learn more on Telehealth.



Virtual Resources

  • While we have limited visitation for inpatients, we encourage you to use digital resources to connect with your family and friends in the hospital and to assist them with their care.
  • Zoom is a video conferencing app that can be accessed on smartphones, tablets or computers.  All of our inpatient units have access to ipads for patient use.  Patients can ask someone from their care team for additional information or reach out to a member from Patient Relations to help arrange at (860) 585-3269. How to Download and Use Zoom
  • FaceTime is a free video calling app available on iPhone or iPad devices that allows you to make calls with your loved ones who also have Apple devices. All of our inpatient units have access to ipads for patient use.  Patients can ask someone from their care team for additional information or reach out to a member from Patient Relations to help arrange at (860) 585-3269. How to Download and Use FaceTime

 

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