McLaren Port Huron – a leader in healing, your partner in health.

Visitor Guidelines

Unit Specific Visitor Guidelines:

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Are you WELL ENOUGH to visit hospital PATIENTS who AREN'T WELL?

Ask yourself these questions:

Have you experienced any of these symptoms of illness in the last three days?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Aching muscles
  • headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Have I been around people who are sick with colds or flu within the past week?

Should I take a chance on exposing already sick people to something that could make them sicker?

Would I want a hospitalized family member to be exposed to the germs of other visitors who aren't WELL ENOUGH?

If you answered YES even once, for the SAFETY of our patients as well as your friends and loved ones...please..don't visit today.

Visiting hours:

  • Visitors are encouraged from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Spouses, significant others and caregivers are always welcome, regardless of the time
  • Members of the Clergy are always welcome, regardless of the time.

Electronic Device Use

As guests at McLaren Port Huron, we expect that all patients, visitors and staff are treated in a respectful manner, while preserving the integrity and privacy of all patients. For this reason, the use of ALL cameras and recording devices, including but not limited to, cell phone recording functions, is prohibited in patient care settings.

Additionally, the use of mobile and electronic devices should be limited in patient care settings, and is prohibited in certain patient care settings if the use will interfere with medical equipment use. These areas will be marked accordingly to ensure patient safety and compliance.

Semi-Private Room Considerations

Being in a semi-private room requires additional sensitivity to respect the privacy of the other patient. The following rules and expectations help to ensure the safety and privacy of all patients:

  • We may ask your family members and/or visitors to leave the room when your roommate is about to receive care, or to allow a sensitive discussion to take place.

  • We may ask your family members to use a different area to sleep, for example the lounge.

  • We expect family members and visitors to be sensitive to the volume of their conversations and maintain a low level of noise.

  • Family members and visitors should use the public restrooms rather than the bathroom located in your room.

Visitors must be age 12 and older

  • Children under the age of 12 will not be permitted to visit patients, except in special circumstances arranged with the nurse providing care.
  • Visitors ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times

For our patients’ safety and well being, please...

  • Wash your hands before and after visits.
  • Limit visitors to two at the bedside.
  • Be considerate of other patients by speaking softly.
  • Keep visits brief.
  • Don’t visit if you have flu or cold symptoms or any illness known to be contagious.
  • Check with nursing staff regarding gifts of food or beverages, because of possible diet restrictions.
  • Don’t bring latex (rubber) balloons into the hospital, for the safety of our patients, visitors and staff who have allergies to latex. Mylar (metallic) balloons are fine.
  • Use restrooms in public areas of the hospital. Restrooms located within patient rooms are for patients only.

To best meet the needs of patients and their families, additional guidelines apply in these secured units. (See guidelines below)

Patients have the right to have a person of their choice be with them during their hospitalization to provide emotional support, unless their presence infringes on other’s rights, compromises safety, and/or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. For our patients’ comfort and privacy, you may be asked to leave a patient’s room during tests, treatments and when other types of patient care are provided.

Individual Unit Visitor Guidelines

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

  • ICU is a secured unit. Use the gray telephone located outside the ICU entrance to contact unit staff for entry
  • Visiting hours are encouraged from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Visiting is limited to immediate family.
  • Limit of two visitors at a time.
  • Cell phones may NOT be used in the unit
  • No fresh flowers, plants or latex balloons.
  • For exceptions, please speak with the nurse.

 Acheson Family Birth Place

  • We believe in family-centered care and in providing a safe and secure environment for you and your newborn.
  • To respect your privacy and comfort and to ensure safe care, we suggest no more than 3 family members/friends/support persons at your bedside at one time during labor, delivery, and through the first hour after delivery.
  • Family and friends are asked to ensure a clear path to the mother and baby at all times.
  • Family and friends are welcome to provide emotional support to you (the patient) unless their presence infringes on other patient’s rights, compromises safety, and/or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. Such times include:
    • During epidural procedures
    • During labor and the delivery
    • During the first hour of recovery after birth
  • Acheson Family Birth Place is a secured unit. Use the gray telephone located outside the entrance to contact staff for entry. Mom’s first and last name must be provided to enter the Family Birth Place.
  • For patient confidentiality and safety, family and friends should be in your room or the waiting room and will be asked to leave the unit if waiting in the hallway.
  • Quiet time is observed between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. to promote rest, healing and bonding.
  • Family and friends should not visit when respiratory viruses are common in the community. 

Mental Health

  • Mental Health is a secured unit. Use the gray telephone located outside the entrance to contact staff for entry
  • Visiting hours are 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
  • Limit of two visitors at a time.
  • Visitors must be age 14 and over, unless authorized by the patient’s attending physician.
  • Visiting is supervised and limited to the dining area.
  • Visitors are asked to place coats and personal belongings in a locker prior to entering the unit. Items brought in for patients are limited and will be checked by staff. Unit staff will provide you with a list of items that may not be brought into the unit.

Pediatrics

  • Pediatrics is a secured unit. Use the gray telephone located outside the unit entrance to contact staff for entry. 

  • Parents and grandparents are welcome 24 hours a day. 

  • Other family and friends are encouraged to visit between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

  • Visitors are limited to four at a time in the patient’s room or in the parents’ lounge. Visitors may not congregate in the hallway.

Additional information and guidelines are available from staff in the units. For the health of all of our patients, please don’t visit if you have cold or flu-like symptoms or if you know you have a contagious illness