Visiting Hours & Tips

VISITING HOURS

We have policies and procedures in place to help you and your family work with our doctors, nurses, and staff to get the most from your hospital stay. Please take a few minutes to review these guidelines with your loved ones. 

(Quiet time on all units is observed from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. )

General
8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
After 8:00 p.m., please enter through the emergency department to request a visitor pass.
Please do not visit anyone in the hospital if you are not feeling well or have cold or flu symptoms.

Family BirthPlace/Women's Health 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fathers/birth partners may visit at any time.
Visitors to obstetrics and pediatrics are issued a special ID tag. This tag is meant to identify you as a legitimate visitor to these areas . If staff cannot clearly see this ID tag, you may be stopped and asked to identify yourself.  These precautions are in place to safeguard our patients and visitors.

A PIN (Personal Identification Number) may be assigned to a family member. This number identifies you as someone who can legitimately receive information about your family member. This system is used to safeguard patient confidentiality,  a Federal requirement under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Child and Adolescent Unit

Parents at all times; children under 12, regular hours (must be accompanied by an adult).

Mental Health/Behavioral Health Unit
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat-Sun 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Holidays 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Critical Care Units (ICU/CCU/NICU)
1-2 family members for 5 minutes, each hour on the half-hour. Other limitations may be in place depending upon the patient's condition. Please check with the nurses on the unit for up-to-date information

AFTER HOURS

Visitors may enter through the Emergency Department between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Visitors will be screened by Security Personnel and approved by the Nursing Unit prior to visiting. NO VISITOR WILL BE ADMITT ED IF VISIBLY INTOXICATED.

Clergy may visit at anytime the patient wishes.

Hospitalized patients need the support of family and friends, and visitors can help raise patients' spirits, a key to recovery. Following these guidelines can make these visits even more effective, safer and more worthwhile for you and the patient. Please follow these guidelines carefully.

Thank you.

VISITING TIPS

  • Try to limit visits to 15 minutes or less.
  • Limit visits to one or two family members at a time.
  • In times of acute illness, appoint one person to receive and pass information to family and friends.
  • Honor visiting hours, Patients may tire easily, and extended visits can keep them from the rest they need.
  • Avoid smoking.  For health and safety reasons, smoking is not allowed at McLaren Bay Region. Smoking just prior to a visit may cause some patients discomfort, because they are sensitive to smoking odors on clothing.
  • Perfumes and colognes may cause nausea in some patients. Please use discretion when using these products.
  • Because of potential sensitivity/and or allergic reactions, latex balloons are not allowed in the hospital.
  • Many of our patients are on special diets, or may be fasting for tests and procedures. Please avoid bringing food to patients.
  • For the convenience of our guests, the cafeteria offers a wide choice of meals and snacks. The cafeteria is located on the first floor, adjacent to the information desk.
  • Be aware of other patients.
  • Be sensitive about personal issues. Sometimes patients want to talk about anything but their illness.
  • Remember the power of touch. Sometimes a touch on the hand or a hug can say more than words.