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Visitor Information

At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we recognize the valuable role in your recovery played by family, friends and significant others. We welcome visitors to participate in your care while you stay with us.

Visiting Hours

As part of our support for maximum patient rest and recovery, we leave our flexible visiting hours to the discretion of our nursing staff. For all hospital care units, we recommend only two visitors at a time for each patient.

Special guidelines apply if you are visiting the intensive care unit (ICU), sometimes referred to as the critical care unit (CCU). For patients staying in our Behavioral Health Unit, review behavioral health visitor information.

Visitor Guidelines

To get the most enjoyment from your visitors without compromising your health and the care you need, we recommend asking your loved ones to follow these guidelines:

  • All visitors must wear shirts and shoes.
  • Avoid visiting if you have a cold, cough, sore throat or communicable disease.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and should have received all appropriate immunizations. Because infants are at higher risk for acquiring infections, we ask that they not be brought to the hospital for visits.
  • Before visiting, check with the nurse and follow dietary requirements or restrictions about bringing food and drink to patients.
  • For safety, balloons brought to the pediatric unit must be Mylar-only.
  • Before bringing animals to visit, ask permission from the nursing supervisor.
  • Refrain from bringing flowers to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Space is extremely limited and we need access to necessary equipment.
  • We maintain a strict no-firearms policy.
  • Ask permission from the nursing staff to take patients from their rooms during your visit.

Visits may be interrupted and visitors may be asked to leave the room if patients are scheduled for tests or treatments in other locations or when treatments are delivered in the room.

Ask the nursing staff about arranging overnight accommodations for visitors. Explore our extensive amenities for patients and visitors.

Infection Prevention & Isolation Precautions

Be aware of your responsibility as a visitor for infection prevention. HANDWASHING is the best way to prevent the spread of infection. Wash your hands before and after making contact with patients, after using the bathroom, after handling contaminated items, before eating and before preparing food for someone else to eat.

Comply with notices on patients' doors concerning isolation precautions, such as "Contact Precautions," "Droplet Precautions," or "Airborne Precautions." Before entering the room, ask the nursing staff for information to ensure safe visits.