RWJBarnabas Health is dedicated to creating a comfortable, healing environment
for our patients. In doing so, the visiting policy is designed to provide
patients with the utmost privacy and opportunity to rest. Details about
visiting hours and specific hospital policies may differ and can be obtained
from each RWJBarnabas Health facility.
RWJBarnabas Health understands that it is important to you to visit your
family and friends in our facilities. We aim to make your visit as comfortable
as possible. Amenities vary by facility, but generally include a gift
show, cafeteria, coffee shop, vending machines, ATMs and parking facilities.
In addition, many of our waiting areas have wireless internet access.
Our policies are designed to provide the best quality healing environment
for our patients. We ask that you abide by these policies to help us ensure
the best care for your loved ones.
Visitors must obtain a pass to proceed through the building. Please visit
an information desk upon entering one of our facilities to obtain a pass,
and wear it at all times.
As part of our continuing efforts to maintain patient privacy and confidentiality,
while promoting a healing, soothing environment, the use of cellular phones
and cameras is strictly prohibited in patient care areas. Hospital policies
on cellular phone use may vary by facility. Generally, cellular phones
may be used in the main or outpatient lobby, snack bar, waiting rooms,
and some patient rooms.
Internet Access is available at many of our facilities in certain areas.
See your facility's
Patient Guide for specific information, or ask our staff for assistance when you arrive.
Tobacco and Smoke Free Campuses
Our hospitals are tobacco and smoke free. This means that smoking and the
use of all tobacco products are prohibited inside all buildings and anywhere
on the grounds throughout the campus. Smoking is not permitted in any
of our entryways, sidewalks, parking areas and is also restricted inside
your own car while on hospital grounds. Smoking is one of the top four
causes of death. By maintaining a tobacco and smoke free environment,
we are discouraging the use of tobacco products, eliminating secondhand
smoke in our environment. As a patient, you can receive nicotine replacement
therapy with a prescription from your physician. Please be sure to speak
to your nurse or doctor for more information.
Please limit the number of visitors at the bedside to two and be considerate
about the length of your visit.
Whenever possible, ask the nursing staff if there are specific times when
your presence would be beneficial to the patient's comfort or your
peace of mind.
Please do not adjust any siderails, cribrails or equipment that may be
in use without consulting the nurse.
If your loved one is receiving patient controlled analgesia for pain, please
do not push the button to administer additional doses of medication. Although
you may mean well, this well-intentioned effort can result in serious
medical problems for the patient.
Assist us in creating a quiet, soothing and healing environment.
Adhere to the policy regarding visiting hours for medical/surgical patients,
Maternity and ICU/CCU.
Visitors who are visibly ill (i.e. sneezing, coughing, etc.) should refrain
Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times in the hospital.
Please check with the nurse regarding dietary restrictions before offering
any food/beverage to a patient.
You may be asked to leave the room during a physician visit or treatment.
This is to respect the privacy of our patients.
Because you know your loved one best, you may "sense" that "something
just does not look or feel right" even when this change may not be
obvious to the staff. As partners in the care process, if you feel your
family member is experiencing a worsening of their condition that the
staff do not seem to be aware of, please bring this change to the attention
of the patient's nurse so that they can conduct an evaluation of the
situation. In addition to the patient's nurse, we maintain a team
of specially trained clinicians who are able to come to the bedside and
assist the nursing staff in assessing patients who are experiencing a
worsening condition. This team is called our Rapid Response Team. We encourage
our patients and visitors to access the Rapid Response Team if they feel
additional help is needed by dialing the extension provided at your facility.
Thank you for your cooperation in meeting the needs of our patients so
that we are able to provide the best possible experience during their stay.