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As COVID-19 vaccination rates rise and infection rates fall, we continue to review and update our visitation procedures. We miss having additional family members and siblings in our hospitals and clinics, and appreciate the continued commitment and partnership of our patient families and staff to provide a safe environment for everyone. Below are our current visitor practices:
Milwaukee hospital patient care units
- Patients without COVID-19: Two adults (age 18 and older) are allowed at the bedside at a time. Four adults are allowed on a patient’s visitor list. These four names must remain the same for the entire stay. Siblings and visitors under age 18 are not allowed in hospital patient care units at this time.
- COVID-19-positive patients: Only one adult is allowed at the bedside at a time. If there are extenuating circumstances, the patient care manager on call may give approval to allow more than one individual at the bedside. Two adults are allowed on a patient’s visitor list. These two names must remain the same for the entire stay.
Specialty care, primary care, urgent care, labs, therapies, and community services – Two individuals may accompany the patient.
Surgicenter, Emergency Department Trauma Center (EDTC), Imaging, and surgical services on the Milwaukee campus – Two adults (age 18 and older) may accompany the patient.
All visitors must stop at a Welcome Center each day. For the safety of our patients, people with coughs, colds or illness should not visit. We reserve the right to change visitor restrictions and screening.
To protect the privacy, confidentiality and health of our patients, we limit the number and types of visitors. We do not allow groups to distribute gifts or visit directly with patients. All visits must be arranged ahead of time with Child Life at (414) 266-3495.
Any special guests who don’t get approval before coming to the hospital will be given information about how to schedule a future visit and asked to leave.
- Identification badges must be worn at all times in the hospital.
- A new badge is needed every day.
- There are badges at any Welcome Center or nurses' station.
- Turn in badges at a Welcome Center when you leave.
Visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Parents, grandparents or legal guardians may visit anytime. Refer to visitor restriction for information about COVID restrictions.
All other visitors will be asked to leave at 8 p.m.
Cellphone, computers & tablets
Cell phones, computers and tablets are allowed in the hospital.
Connect to the Children's public network and type chw.org. Accept the login agreement.
Taking pictures of anyone other than your child is not allowed. Please respect the privacy of others.
There are phone charging stations in every unit. Ask your child's nurse. There are more in the hospital lobby, Clinics Building lobby, Clinics Building second floor and the Daniel M. Soref Family Resource Center.
Patients welcome gifts are acceptable. There are some restrictions due to allergies.
- Balloons - Latex (rubber) balloons are not allowed. Only Mylar (metallic) balloons are allowed.
- Plants – some units do not accept live plants.
If you are unsure if a gift is allowed, please ask your child’s nurse.
You may purchase a gift from our Gift Shop. All items from our Gift Shop are acceptable.
- After contact with blood, body fluids, bandages or diapers.
- Before eating and after feeding your child.
- After using the bathroom.
Use the waterless sanitizer if hands are not visibly dirty. For safety purposes, rub the hand sanitizer into your hands and avoid touching others, equipment or bedding until thoroughly dry. If you have used the hand sanitizer more than 5 times, wash your hands with soap and running water.
If any visitor has been exposed to chickenpox or measles within the past 21 days, and never had it before, they may not visit. All visiting children must be up to date on their vaccines.
This includes all property owned, leased or operated by the hospital. This includes buildings, grounds, streets, sidewalks, parking lots and structures.
Weapons or firearms are not allowed on our properties.