Visitor Consideration

While support from loved ones is important, we also ask that visitors respect the patient’s need for rest during their recovery. Discuss any unusual visiting circumstances with the patient’s nurse, so that the patient's care team can accommodate any special arrangements based on the patient’s specific situation. Here are a few other things you should take into consideration if you are visiting someone at Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital.

If you are not well

Any visitor exposed to or having a communicable disease (like tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, impetigo, the flu or a cold) should not visit patients. If you have a fever and cough, please report this to a nurse on duty: you may be asked to wear a surgical mask. Some patients may have infection control concerns that require visitors to take special precautions, which will be posted in the patient's room (or on the door). Please ask a nurse on duty for more information if you are concerned about transmitting infections.

Visiting with children

Visiting children should be over 12 years of age and must be accompanied by an adult (for supervision). Exceptions can be made to have the patient's own children under 12 visit. Please speak with the patient's nurse about visiting children with respect to the patient's care and recovery.

The number of visitors

To respect the comfort of all our patients, it is usually best to limit the number of visitors. We encourage families to discuss scheduling their visits to avoid overwhelming the patient by visiting all at one time.

Patient gifts

Since latex balloons are not permitted in the hospital, Mylar balloons are preferred.