IMPORTANT UPDATES

nurse screening for temperature

Updated June 7, 2022

We have updated our visitor policy and are continuing to limit each patient to two parents or caregivers at our:

  • Emergency departments (Children’s at Scottish Rite, Hughes Spalding and Egleston)
  • Neighborhood locations
  • Hospital laboratory and phlebotomy services

Lab treatment rooms and sleep studies will continue to allow one visitor.

Children’s at Scottish Rite

Hospital Inpatient Units and Technology Dependent Intensive Care Unit (TICU)

Number of approved visitors

  • Up to 8 approved caregivers and visitors can be added to the approved visitor list

Visitors at the Bedside

  • Up to 4 approved visitors may be at the bedside at any time

Overnight Visitors

  • 2 primary caregivers may stay overnight

Siblings

  • Healthy children or siblings ages 2 and older that can wear a mask are allowed as approved visitors

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Number of approved visitors

  • Up to 8 approved caregivers and visitors can be added to the approved visitor list

Visitors at the Bedside

  • Up to 2 approved visitors may be at the bedside at any time

Siblings

  • Healthy children or siblings ages 12 and older are allowed as approved visitors

Children’s at Egleston

Hospital Inpatient Units and Technology Dependent Intensive Care Unit (TICU)

Number of approved visitors

  • Up to 8 approved caregivers and visitors can be added to the approved visitor list

Visitors at the Bedside

  • Up to 4 approved visitors may be at the bedside at any time

Overnight Visitors

  • 2 primary caregivers may stay overnight

Siblings

  • Healthy children or siblings ages 12 and older are allowed as approved visitors

Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Number of approved visitors

  • Up to 8 approved caregivers and visitors can be added to the approved visitor list

Visitors at the Bedside

  • Up to 2 approved visitors may be at the bedside at any time

Siblings

  • Healthy children or siblings ages 12 and older are allowed as approved visitors

Children’s at Hughes Spalding

Hospital Inpatient Unit

Number of approved visitors

  • Up to 4 approved caregivers and visitors can be added to the approved visitor list

Visitors at the Bedside

  • Up to 4 approved visitors may be at the bedside at any time

Overnight Visitors

  • 2 primary caregivers may stay overnight

Siblings

  • Healthy children or siblings ages 2 and older that can wear a mask are allowed as approved visitors

Neighborhood Locations

Two primary caregivers are allowed to accompany the patient to ambulatory and outpatient appointments. If you have other children, please make arrangements for them to stay home. We recognize there may be special circumstances where siblings may need to attend an outpatient visit. Please notify our team in advance, when possible, to work out a plan.

Visitor screening

Every child’s health is important to us. Before coming to visit, we ask all visitors to conduct an initial screen of the following questions before visiting our hospital locations.

In the past 48 hours, have you had any of the following symptoms?

  • Significant respiratory symptoms (runny nose, cough, sneezing, etc.)
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Fever and rash
  • Conjunctivitis/pink eye

If you have any of the above symptoms, for the safety of our patients, please do not visit until the symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours.

In the past month, has anyone been exposed (or possibly exposed) to any of the following contagious illnesses?

  • Measles
  • Chicken pox
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Mumps
  • Tuberculosis

If you think that you may have been exposed to any of the above contagious illnesses, check with your doctor before visiting.

If you are not excluded from visiting based on the above and do plan to visit one of our hospital locations, please always wash your hands prior to coming in contact with a hospitalized patient.

All patients, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask at all times while in our facilities. Please put your mask on in the parking lot before you exit your car. If you don’t have a mask, we’ll provide one for you as you arrive.

Based on new evidence regarding the effectiveness of masks with exhalation valves, Children’s will no longer allow any visitors to wear masks with exhalation valves (cloth or N95) unless covered with a procedure mask. To protect everyone in our facilities, Children’s screeners will give a procedure mask to anyone wearing a mask with a valve, which should be worn in place of or over the mask with a valve for the entire visit.

All visitors will be screened upon arrival. A screener will take your temperature using a touchless thermometer and ask you a series of health questions. Try to arrive early to allow time for the screening.


Rest assured we’re here for you if you need us.

At Children’s, safety is our top priority. We are working hard to protect our patients, families and staff. Whether you have an appointment or need to visit us for emergency care, we’ve put extra precautions in place to keep your family safe.

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