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Visitor's Guide

Visiting Patients at Sidney Health Center

Visitors are very important to a patient’s well-being and we appreciate the care and support many visitors provide. As a courtesy to our patients, Sidney Health Center asks that visitors be considerate of patient privacy and aware that patients need their rest. In addition, patients may be encouraged to limit their visitors to just a couple at a time.

Sidney Health Center has OPEN VISITING HOURS; however, there may be times that visitors are asked to leave the room. Instances may include:
  • The patient needs rest.
  • The doctor is making rounds or the nurse requests a later visit.
  • When you have children with you that display any symptoms of illness.
Out of town visitors may stay at a nearby motel for a discounted rate. Please ask the social worker to assist you with this added benefit.

Waiting Areas

There are waiting areas for visitors throughout the hospital. Specific waiting areas have been designated for families of patients in the critical care unit, emergency and surgery. There is a phone and TV in each area.

To make a call from the waiting area telephone, follow these instructions:
  • Local calls can be made by pressing “9” and dialing the local number.
  • Long distance and toll calls can be made at any time by dialing 9-0 and the number by using a calling card. You may make collect calls by calling a Sprint Operator, dial 9-1-800-877-8700.
  • You may call the hospital operator by dialing 0 at any time for assistance.

Gifts for Patients

Visitors should check with the nurse before bringing gifts of food or drink to patients. Certain gifts, including food, fresh flowers, and live plants may be prohibited.
  • Flowers: The florists deliver flowers daily directly to the nursing unit. Questions about flowers can be directed to the florist shop.
  • Caring Corner Gift Shop: The gift shop is operated by Sidney Health Center and staffed by volunteers. It is open weekdays for your convenience. The shop features an array of gift items including home décor, baby gifts, jewelry, greeting cards and much more. All proceeds go towards capital expenditures at Sidney Health Center.
  • Balloons: Please note, LATEX balloons are prohibited on our premises due to serious allergic reactions associated with latex materials. Mylar balloons are a better alternative, if you wish to bring a balloon to a patient.

Dining

Room Service Dining is offered to hospital patients between 7:00 AM and 5:30 PM daily. Guest trays are also available in the cafeteria for $5 per tray.

The cafeteria is open daily from:
  • Breakfast 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Lunch 11:30 AM - 1:45 PM
  • Supper 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Vending Machines

Vending machines are available 24 hours a day for snacks and beverages are located in the cafeteria and at the main entrance.

Facility Policies

Cellular Phones

We would like the use of cellular phones to be reserved for use out of direct patient care areas. Cellular phones may be used in hallways, waiting rooms and lobby. NO CELLULAR PHONE use in high-risk areas…laboratory, critical care, emergency or surgery.

Smoking

Sidney Health Center recently adopted a tobacco-free campus policy. As a result, tobacco use of any kind is not permitted in and around the facilities owned by Sidney Health Center. Free tobacco cessation materials and nicotine replacement therapy products are offered to inpatients during their stay upon consultation with their physician.
 
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