While you are in the hospital, your family and friends can call (401) 274-1122, ext. 1374 to learn if you are a patient here. Due to the Patient Privacy Act, we do not give out specific information regarding your care or condition. If do not want any information released, tell your doctor or primary nurse.
Length of Your Hospital Stay
Hospital stays are relatively short. This is not dictated by you or the hospital, but by your medical condition and health insurance plan. Discharge time is by 11 am
. Arrange transportation in advance so you will be ready to go home.
» Spiritual Needs
For the safety and comfort of our patients, hospital policy limits visitors to four people at a time during regular visiting hours. All visitors, except brothers and sisters of the new baby, must be 14 years of age or older.
We encourage visits from family and friends, but our primary concern is that you get the care and rest you need to recover. Please limit visitors to the following times:
Baby’s father/your significant other......... 24 hours a day
Brothers/sisters of the new baby ........... 12 noon to 8 pm (with a sibling visitor sticker)
Grandparents............................................ 12 noon to 8 pm (after first visit)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Special Care Nursery
Parents/grandparents.............................. Follow unit guidelines
Brothers/sisters of the new baby............ Through the Kids’ Klub
No visitors are allowed except your significant other/father of the baby or coach.
To help keep our patients healthy, please ask your visitors to stay home if they have any symptoms of a cold or diarrhea, or have recently been exposed to chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella or the flu.
If the father of your new baby or your significant other wants to spend the night, the chair in your room reclines. Nurses can provide blankets and pillows, but not toiletries. In addition, the showers in the room are for patient use only.
Ask your visitors to wash their hands – with soap and water if their hands are visibly dirty or with alcohol-based hand gel – before hugging you or touching your baby.
Who's at the door?
In the short time you're a patient at Women & Infants, you can expect many people in your room. Family and friends will want to see you, but staff at the hospital must also check in to make sure you have all the information and support you need.
The following people may stop in your room while you're here:
- Nurses – approximately four times during each eight-hour shift to care for you
- Nurses aides – approximately four times during each eight-hour shift to care for you
- Housekeepers – several times a day to keep your room and bathroom clean
- Visiting Nurses representative – to talk about setting up a possible visit in your home after discharge, if eligible
- Business office representative – to explain payment for your hospital stay
- Social services representative – comes on a referral basis to explain community services
- Research study assistants – to discuss studies that are recruiting patients
- Photographer – from OUR365 to take your baby's first portrait