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Visitor Policies at All Temple Health Hospital Campuses and Outpatient Offices

Effective July 7, 2021

The following visitor policies are in effect for Temple University Hospital campuses (including Main, Jeanes, Episcopal and Northeastern) and Temple physician office locations. Visit our Fox Chase Cancer Center website for visitor policy updates about that campus.

Inpatient Visitation

  • Patients are allowed 1 designated visitor during standard visiting hours. The designated visitor may remain with the patient at the discretion of the care team, based on the patient’s condition.
  • Designated visitors must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and must be 2 weeks post final vaccine dose.
  • Upon entering the hospital facility, all visitors must: 
    • Be COVID screened and may be asked to show proof of vaccination
    • Obtain a visitor badge and display it at all times while in the facility
    • Wear a face mask at all times
    • Sanitize hands frequently and especially upon entering and exiting the patient’s room
  • NO in-person visitation is allowed for patients who are COVID-positive, unless an exception is authorized by administration. Possible exceptions include but are not limited to cognitive or language impairment, palliative care consultation and end of life. 
  • We are not able to accept deliveries of flowers, balloons, gift baskets, clothing, food, beverages and other household items.

Emergency Department

  • Each patient may have only 1 visitor at a time at the discretion of the Emergency Department Staff
  • Visitors must wear a face mask at all times, and complete a COVID screening at the facility entrance.
  • No visitors are allowed in the waiting room. Only the triage nurse, charge nurse and/or nurse management team may allow exceptions.
  • Visitors who leave the ED for any reason must go through security screening again upon return.
  • If there is a request for multiple visitors, they will be allowed to switch out. Each visitor will be screened at the front door. Only 1 visitor at a time will be allowed at the patient’s bedside. All others must wait outside.

Outpatient Appointments

  • Each patient may have 1 visitor attend their appointment.
  • All visitors will complete a COVID screening at the facility entrance. 
  • Visitors must wear a mask at all times. 
  • For Temple Faculty Physicians appointments, no children under age 12 are allowed unless it is a pediatrics or family medicine provider.
  • For Temple Physicians, Inc. (TPI) appointments, there is no age restriction for visitors.

Visitation for Maternity/Nursery Areas and Outpatient Fetal Center Appointments

Labor and Delivery

  • 1 support person may stay with the patient. This person will be screened for COVID at the facility entrance, and must wear a face mask at all times. 
  • If the patient is COVID-positive, the support person:
    • May stay with the patient during delivery.
    • Is NOT allowed to leave the room during delivery.
    • Must leave after delivery.
  • If the patient refuses COVID testing:
    • They will be considered COVID-positive.
    • They must wait the 10-day quarantine period before entering the Infant Intensive Care Nursery.
    • Their support person can stay until and during delivery, but must leave after delivery, will not be allowed to visit in 3W, and must wait the 10-day quarantine period before entering the Infant Intensive Care Nursery.

3 West

  • 1 support person may stay with the patient. This person will be screened for COVID at the facility entrance, and must wear a face mask at all times. 
  • If the support person leaves, they may NOT return until time of delivery.
  • If the patient is COVID-positive, their support person:
    • Must leave from Labor and Delivery after the patient delivers.
    • Is NOT allowed to visit 3 West.
  • Antepartum patients can share a room if there are no other room options available.
    • Both patients must have tested negative for COVID and have no symptoms.
    • They will NOT be allowed to have visitors in semi-private rooms.
    • Visitors may not leave and return.

Infant Intensive Care Nursery (IICN) and Well Baby Nursery

  • Visitation is limited to baby’s mother and 1 designated support person who may each visit one time per day. This person will be screened for COVID at the facility entrance, and must wear a face mask at all times.
    • Mother and support person may not be at the bedside at the same time.
    • Visitation policy may need to be modified on an individual basis. Please contact the IICN charge nurse and manager for modification approval.
  • Utilization of FaceTime/Video Chat — Due to the current visitation restrictions, the use of technology is permitted to allow those close to you to see your baby.
  • You may utilize FaceTime/Video Chat when visiting your infant. However, calls must be kept to 5 minutes’ total.
  • Keeping the calls to 5 minutes or less will allow us to continue providing a calm and healing environment for your baby and the other babies in the unit.
  • Please discuss with your baby’s nurse prior to initiating a call to ensure adequate privacy for you and your infant, as well as the other infants and families in the unit.

Outpatient Fetal Center

  • There will be NO visitation allowed to Outpatient Fetal Center appointments.

We will continue to monitor this situation. The need for visitor restrictions will be re-evaluated regularly.

Please call 215-707-2273 if you have any questions about the visitation policy.