Visitor Information

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Visiting Policy

To protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff, the following visitation guidelines are in effect:

  • Visiting hours are for inpatients only (excluding maternity patients) from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m daily.
  • Patients are limited to one visitor at a time
  • Visitors are not permitted to bring food or drink into the hospital.
  • Visitors must be 18 years of age or older. Visitors age 60 or older are discouraged from visiting due to increased risk of COVID-19.
  • Patients are encouraged to have no more than two visitors per day.
  • Visitors must undergo symptom and temperature checks when entering the hospital. Those who report COVID-19 exposure or symptoms in the past 14 days are not permitted to visit. Individuals with temperatures of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or greater will also not be permitted to visit.
  • Visitors will be provided with a mask and screening sticker that must be worn at all times.
  • Visitors must clean their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before entering a patient’s room and when leaving.
  • Visitors must practice social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) in all locations, including patient rooms.
  • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room during their visit and are not allowed in other public areas of the hospital, including the cafeteria, Tim Hortons, and waiting rooms. Arrangements for escorted chapel visitation may be made within the nursing unit.
  • Visitors may only use the public restrooms on the first floor of the hospital.
  • Clinical staff may request that a visitor leave the room if care cannot be safely provided while they are present.
  • Visitors must provide their name, contact information and the name of the patient they are visiting upon arrival.
  • Visitors are not permitted to bring food or drink into the hospital.

We reserve the right to alter or make exceptions to these guidelines at the discretion of our care team.

Visitors who do not comply, will be asked to leave.

Maternity Visitor Guidelines

With the presence of Coronavirus in Western New York, all hospital visitation is temporarily suspended except for fathers, spouses and life partners of maternity patients. Under these special circumstances, one visitor will be allowed per patient and all visitors will have to submit to a verbal health screening and temperature scan.

We understand how difficult it can be to not be able to a visit loved when they are in the hospital and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. These restrictions are in place to help limit the spread of Coronavirus in our community and protect the health and well-being of our patients and care staff. If you have a loved one in the hospital, you can be connected to their room phone by calling (716) 862-1000.

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Parking

The visitor parking lot is located in front of the hospital entrance on Main Street. Sisters of Charity Hospital Parking Map

Arrivals After 8 p.m.: All patients and visitors arriving after 8 p.m. should use the Emergency Department patient parking lot and entrance (which has a security officer posted around-the-clock).

Parking for New Parents

Following the birth of the baby, mothers are issued a free self-parking pass for up to three days or four free visits. The pass can be given to the father, partner, grandparents etc. Only one pass is issued per delivery.

If your baby is in the NICU:

Following the transfer of the baby to the NICU, both parents are provided with free self-parking passes from the day the baby is admitted and until discharge. They are issued a pass valid for seven days-up to ten free visits. If/when the pass expires and if the baby is still an inpatient, expired passes can be turned into the NICU and an additional pass will be provided.

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Pharmacy Services

The Catholic Health Pharmacy is based in Sisters of Charity Hospital and serves all Catholic Health patients, associates, and the public. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are available and most major insurances are accepted. Balloons, flowers, and other gift items are also available.

Flower Deliveries

All local florists deliver to Sisters Hospital. If you are ordering flowers for a patient, it is not necessary to include the room number, as the florist will stop at the front desk to confirm the recipient's name and room number before the delivery is made.

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Gift Shop

Magazines, stationery, toiletries, gifts, etc., may be purchased in the gift shop located off the hospital lobby. You may reach the shop by calling (716) 862-1801.

Gift shop hours:

Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Since these hours are subject to change, please call (716) 862-1801 prior to your visit to confirm that the gift shop is open.

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Internet Access

Free wireless internet access is available throughout the hospital. To begin using this service, open your wireless connection utility, scan available networks and connect to "Catholic Health Visitor."

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Food Options

Coffee

Free coffee is provided in the 5th floor waiting room.

Guest Trays

The Food and Nutrition Department will make meals available to relatives and friends of hospitalized patients for a nominal fee.

Dining Inn Services

The Dining Inn's fast service system offers everything from a cup of coffee to a full-course meal and includes hot food service, a salad bar, deli, grill area and ice cream novelties.

Dining Inn Hours:

6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, Sundays and holidays

The Dining Inn is closed daily from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Vending Machines

A vending area is on the first floor near Dining Inn and is available 24-hours-a-day. 

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Patient Representative

Patient representatives can help you with any questions, problems or concerns that may arise during your stay with us here at Sisters. A patient representative can be reached by phone at (716) 862-1390.

Patient Experience

For those who would like to discuss concerns about a recent visit and are no longer in the hospital, please call (716) 923-1885.

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Smoke-free Campus

Please note that smoking is not permitted anywhere on hospital property and off-site locations. This smoke-free policy includes all buildings, parking areas, cars parked on hospital property, grounds and adjacent sidewalks.