Valley Children's Visitor Policy

Valley Children’s is committed to keeping our patients, families and healthcare providers as safe as possible from the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). In order to keep our patients, families and healthcare providers as safe as possible from the spread of respiratory viruses, additional screening precautions and visitor restrictions are in place.

These changes are prompted by our commitment to patient and family-centered care and implemented with confidence that we can continue our emphasis on the safety of our patients, families and each other. Safety measures in place include improved air handling/ventilation, staff and visitor screening, continued staff vaccinations and adequate PPE supplies. 
 

Valley Children's Hospital

Valley Children’s Hospital allows two parents/caregivers per patient (including COVID+ patients) during their inpatient hospital stay. Other visitors and non-essential vendors are not allowed to enter. Two parents/caregivers will also be allowed for patients having surgery and can stay with the patient until they are ready to be taken back to prepare for surgery and then again when patient is in recovery and preparing to be discharged. Only one parent/guardian may accompany a patient entering the hospital for outpatient, laboratory or imaging appointments. Please be advised, this may require securing arrangements for siblings or other visitors.

Parents/guardians of admitted patients are not required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID 19 test. If they would like to receive the vaccine or a test, we will arrange that in their child’s room.
 

Valley Children's Specialty Care Centers and Primary Care Practices

Only one parent/caregiver may accompany a child to appointments in our specialty or primary care practices. Please be advised, this may require securing arrangements for siblings or other visitors.
 

Emergency Department

Valley Children’s Emergency Department has modified its operations. At this time, visitors in the Emergency Department waiting area will be limited to one parent/guardian or direct caregiver of patients. If a patient is placed in the Emergency Department treatment area or in a room, a second parent/guardian or direct caregiver is allowed. Other visitors and non-essential vendors will not be allowed to enter. This limit is necessary due to the need for social distancing and the limited space. 
 

Screenings and Mask Policy

Patients and parents/guardians are screened at all entrances – in all Valley Children’s facilities - with questions regarding health and a temperature check. Valley Children’s also requires all visitors to wear a mask in every location, at all times. (The only exception is inpatient units of the Madera Hospital campus when a parent/guardian is in their child’s room. Adults must put masks back on every time a Valley Children’s team member is present.) In addition, everyone entering Valley Children’s Hospital must wear the surgical masks provided at screening.
 

Vendor Guidelines

All vendors entering Valley Children’s Hospital are required to be fully vaccinated and must be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to security upon entry. No exemptions are accepted.