In accordance with Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines and in effort to keep our patients and community safe, all visitation is temporarily suspended at Lifespan hospitals. Please alert your family members and loved ones to this change. Special circumstances can be discussed with your care team.
- No visitors will be allowed in units at our Lifespan hospitals.
- Hasbro Children’s Hospital will allow for accompaniment by one parent at a time. Please read these guidelines before visiting Hasbro Children's Hospital »
- Newport Hospital maternity services will allow for a birthing partner only.
- At this time, Lifespan has a no visitors policy in its adult emergency departments. If necessary for patient care, one family member may be permitted during the intake process for a maximum of 15 minutes.
All visitors will be screened for symptoms or potential exposure to COVID-19. Those who screen positive for any symptoms will not be able to visit. All visitors will be required to wear a mask.
Care teams will encourage the use of devices such as smartphones to communicate with patients remotely, and, when available, the use of iPads for virtual visits.
Support for Patients with Disabilities
When a support person is essential to care for a patient with a disability, including patients who have altered mental status, communication barriers, or behavioral concerns (such as patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, dementia, and/or behavioral health needs), accommodations for the patient will be made so that the patient can be visited or accompanied by a support person.
The support person must be at least 18 years of age and can serve as the primary communicator with hospital staff and provide informed consent when necessary to comply with the civil rights of patients with disabilities. A support person may include a family member, guardian, community support provider, peer support specialist, or personal care attendant. In some instances, there may be a need to permit two support people to ease the burden on any one individual.
Support persons are also encouraged to use remote visitation using telephones, tablets, and computers when appropriate. Please reach out to a patient’s care team with any questions.
Please Continue to Follow Safety Precautions.
Simple precautions remain the first line of defense against respiratory viruses. Lifespan urges the public to please continue to follow the usual guidelines:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you’re unable to wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched frequently (e.g., phones, doorknobs).
- Stay home if you are sick.
Lifespan is committed to continually monitoring and evaluating the situation, and will continue to act in the best interest of our patients and employees. We thank our patients and their loved ones for their understanding as we work to ensure a safe environment for our patients and our workforce.
(Visitation information updated 1/13/21)