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  Visiting Guidelines
Updated January 18, 2010

January 19, 2010

Children's National Medical Center has resumed its standard visiting hours for families and friends of patients staying overnight in the hospital. Reports from public health officials indicate that seasonal flu and H1N1 flu are not circulating, although we have every reason to believe there will be another wave of flu this winter. If there is another wave of flu, we will put more restricted visiting guidelines back in place. Until further notice, the following guidelines are in effect:

Identification:
  • A photo ID must be presented by anyone entering the hospital for any reason.
Visiting patients staying overnight at the hospital:
  • Parents and guardians can visit patients 24 hours a day.
  • We encourage parents and guardians to stay overnight with children who require overnight hospital stays.
  • All other visitors are welcome from 10 am to 8 pm.
  • All visitors under the age of 18 must have adult supervision at all time, and may not stay overnight.
  • All visitors must check in with the nurses or social workers on the child’s unit to be sure patients and families have agreed that the patient can have visitors.
  • Unit nurses reserve the right to restrict visitors with symptoms including fever, coughing, and sneezing.
*If you are concerned about the flu, please visit our flu resource center for the latest information on when to seek care.

Tours
Hospital tours for individuals and civic organizations are available and must be arranged through Volunteer Services. Please call 202-476-2624 or 202-476-2062 to arrange a tour.

Pre-surgical tours for patients and families are offered regularly and will resume in February. Please contact 202-476-2062 to arrange a pre-surgical tour. We also encourage families to watch our online tour to familiarize yourself and your child with what to expect.

We know that a child’s operation can be a stressful time for families. Our Child Life Specialists are available to answer any questions you may have. Our specialists have put together resources to prepare for upcoming surgery. For more information or for specific questions, contact Child Life Services at 202-476-3070.

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 Transportation and Parking
 Flu Resources Center
 Talking with Children about Flu
 2010 Quick Reference Guide: Clinical Programs and Multidisciplinary Clinics