Notice of Visitation Rights
Methodist Southlake Hospital encourages and facilitates visitation in a manner that promotes healing, balances the needs of all patients and visitors, and creates a safe and secure environment. In fulfilling this purpose, Methodist Southlake Hospital recognizes the right of all patients to choose who may visit them during an outpatient recuperation or overnight hospitalization. Visitors of choice may include spouses, domestic partners (including same-sex domestic partners), family members, friends or other individuals regardless of formal relationship status, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
There are times when clinically necessary or reasonable restrictions on visitation may be required. The following are examples of some of these times, but is not considered an all-inclusive list:
- Any court order limiting or restraining contact.
- Persons in custody of law enforcement.
- A patient’s need for rest or privacy.
- Disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior of any kind exhibited.
- When visitation would interfere with the care of patient or other patients.
- Patient’s risk of infection by visitor.
- Visitor’s risk of infection by patient.
- Extraordinary measures during a pandemic or infectious disease outbreak.
Visitation while the patient is undergoing an intervention or procedure is subject to the clinical judgment of hospital caregivers, wishes of the patient, physical limitations of the patient’s room or recuperation area, or when the intervention or procedure requires maintenance of aseptic technique.
Reasons for visitation restrictions, when required, will be clearly communicated to patients and their support persons by hospital caregivers. Patients or their representatives may file a grievance with hospital administration if they believe their visitation rights have been violated.
Patients under the age of 18 must have an adult present during the entire time of their hospitalization including overnight stays. Siblings and other visiting children are not allowed to stay overnight. Latex balloons are not allowed at the bedside due to allergy and choking risks. For the safety of all children, please have a non-patient adult supervise children under the age of 12 at all times.
Please help prevent the spread of infection by washing your hands often and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Cell phone use is permitted in non-patient care areas. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on hospital property (including all parking lots).