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Visitor’s Information

Visitors are good medicine for patients-in the right doses. Those who visit are asked to keep in mind the fact that patients may tire easily. Voices should be kept low and visits kept brief.  Please place cell phones in “vibrate” mode and be mindful of other disturbing noises while in our patient care areas.

It is the policy of Hunterdon Medical Center to have open visitation on patient care units by encouraging family support and visiting, as agreed to by the patient. In order to ensure patient comfort and optimal recovery, the hospital staff may need to limit or restrict visits.

Visitors should stop at the main lobby’s Information Desk to verify room and patient location.

Visitors entering the hospital after 8:00pm may enter the hospital through the Emergency Department and see the “Patient Service Representative” who will inform the nursing unit that a visitor is coming to the floor.

All children under age 12 must be supervised by an adult (see specific guidelines for ICU).

Visitors are asked to clean their hands before and after visiting a patient by using the alcohol hand hygiene products available in the halls and patient rooms. It is also important to comply with isolation precautions, as described on signs at the doorway of patients on isolation; isolation is needed primarily to protect other patients but in some cases is needed to protect the visitor as well.

Hunterdon Medical Center Visiting Schedules

Pediatrics: Parents or individuals caring for the child in place of the parent may visit at any time.  We kindly request one parent or individual stay overnight to help us maintain a quiet environment.  Patient’s brothers, sisters and friends of any age, may visit if accompanied by an adult. All children seven (7) years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult while in the playroom.

Maternal-Newborn Care Center: Father/significant other, at any time; brothers and sisters of the new baby, 8 a.m to 8 p.m. or by permission by the nursing staff.  Patients’ visitors are limited to four per bedside.  Children under 12 years of age, aside from the newborn’s siblings are not permitted to visit the MNCC Unit.

2 Central: No age restrictions; Daily visiting is from 12:30 PM  to 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM; limit two per patient.  All food and beverages brought in by visitors must be in the original sealed packaging. No cell phone usage is permitted on 2 Central.

Intensive Care/Coronary Care Unit: Family and/or significant others only. Two visitors at a time. Visitors must be at least 12 years old. Individual requests will be evaluated. Visitors will be asked to step out of the unit from 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in order to accommodate shift change and nursing report.

Emergency Department: Visiting hours in the Emergency Department and number of visitors per patient are dependent upon the volume and acuity of patients within the department at the time.  Visitors will be asked to wait in the waiting room during the triage process and the initial evaluation and assessment of the patient.   Parents or Guardians of Pediatric Patients will be kept with the patient at all times, unless separation is necessary for the patient’s safety.  Visiting for Behavioral Health patients will be at the discretion of the Emergency Department and Behavioral Health Emergency Services staff.

Telephones
Most patients are provided with a direct-dial telephone in their rooms. Your family and friends may dial you directly without going through the hospital switchboard. Should your room be changed, please remember to let your family members know your new phone number.

Friends and family of patients in the Same Day Center must call Patient Information at (908) 788-6200 and ask to be transferred to the patient’s extension number. There is no direct dial access to this patient unit.

Cell phones may be used in most areas of the hospital, with the exception of the Intensive Care Unit and the Operating Room Suite.  Please comply with any staff member’s request to limit or cease cell phone use in any patient care area.  Cellular phones capable of taking pictures cannot be used to photograph patients.

Room Service
The Food and Nutrition Department is pleased to offer you a delicious room service menu program that enables you to order what you want to eat when you want it. Guest trays may be ordered through room service.  Enjoy a three course breakfast for $5.00 or a four course lunch or dinner with beverage for $9.00.  To reach the Food and Nutrition Department call 908-788-6131.

A La Carte From the Heart – Your Personal Menu  – 6 page PDF Format (179 KB)

Mail and Flowers
When mail or flowers arrive, volunteers deliver them to you as promptly as possible. Flower arrangements are not allowed in the Intensive/Coronary Care Unit (ICU/CCU).

Gift Shop
The Gift Shop on the First Floor is operated by volunteers. It carries fresh floral arrangements, gifts, jewelry, toys, stationery, magazines, and sundries. The shop is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in all areas of Hunterdon Healthcare. The entire campus is smoke-free (both inside and outside the hospital facility).

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