Al Moosa Specialist Hospital believes that Family and Friends’ support are important to patient’s healing and value the Patient-Directed Visiting Hours as a tool to help achieve it.
• As a courtesy to other patient in respect for their privacy and well-being in semi-private or shared room, the hospital will limit the number of preferred visitors to a maximum of 2 persons. The nurse has the authority to assess and make recommendations on the number of visitors in the interest of patient’s recovery.
• In the event that a visitor(s) or a member of the family become(s) disruptive or abusive to the patient, visitors or staff, or are engaging in unsafe conduct, the unit staff may request that the visitor(s) leave the premises and/or Security may escort them from the facility.
• Any visitors under the age of 12 anywhere in the hospital including a patient’s room or unit must be supervised
• Visitors are encouraged to strictly adhere to infection control practices of the hospital. Hand hygiene and hand washing techniques will be taught by the nurse in-charge to the family members.
• Infection Prevention Precautions: In order to make the environment safe and pleasant for all patients, the following safety measures are in place.
§ Family members who have symptoms of a cold or infectious disease or who have recently been exposed to a communicable disease may be asked to postpone visiting in the hospital until symptoms subside.
§ Visiting children should be free of signs and symptoms of illness. Family members should be aware that very young infants may be at risk when exposed to hospital based illnesses.
§ Visitation of patients on isolation precautions and those who are immunocompromised will have an isolation sign posted requesting visitors to speak to the nurse for instructions. Nursing staff will provide instructions on how to use the protective equipment. Accordingly, visitors will be expected to cleanse their hands prior to and after visiting with patients
• Except for special circumstances, children under the age of 12 are encouraged not to visit isolation patients.
• Visitors may be restricted during times of high levels of communicable community illness.
Intensive care units and other critical areas are
• One immediate family member maybe present at the patient’s bedside at all times.
• However, in case of codes or other justified clinical restrictions, the security may request the family member to leave.
• The other family members may visit during the following hours:
o Family members can visit the patient at the following times: from 8am to 2pm and from 4pm to 10pm.
Visiting times in intensive care unit (ICU): from 1pm to 2pm and from 8:30pm to 10pm.
Hospital Quiet time
The hospital will observe “Quiet Time” between the time of 1400H to 1600H and 2200H to 0700H during which to minimize noise and activities if possible.
Unit staff shall dim the lights and minimize noise and patient interruptions. During this time, visitors are encouraged to minimize the activities and the noise as possible. Visitors will be limited to those defined by the patient as essential during the Quiet Time.