Availability of Language Assistance Services
Washington Hospital offers free interpreter services to our patients, including
video-remote interpreters in American Sign Language. If your English is
limited or you are speech or hearing impaired, please ask your doctor,
nurse or other staff member to arrange for interpreter services at no
cost to you. If you have a question or a concern regarding these services,
please contact the Compliance Department at 510.818.7400.
Visitor’s Guide to Washington Hospital
Temporary Visitor Restrictions
At Washington Hospital, we recognize that family and friends are critically
important to patient healing. However, to minimize the risk of COVID-19
infections during the current surge of new cases, we have revised our
For everyone’s safety,
all Hospital visitors are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (14 days post final COVID vaccine dose) prior to entering. Unvaccinated
or partially vaccinated visitors are eligible for visitation only if they
can provide proof of a negative COVID test that was collected within 72
hours of visit. Please note that home test kits are not accepted. This
new requirement is inline with the recent California Department of Public
Health (CDPH) order. (CDPH Public Health Officer Order: Requirements for Visitors in Acute Health
Also, in response to rising COVID-19 cases in the region,
patients at Washington Hospital will be allowed only one visitor per day. All visitors must be 18 years or older. Visitors are required to show
a government-issued photo ID (current school-issued identification accepted)
prior to entry. Visiting hours remain 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Exceptions
to the policy are determined by the patient’s care team and include
parents of newborn and pediatric patients; and end-of-life situations.
For technology options to help facilitate communication with patients in
the Hospital, please call our Service Desk at 510.818.7099
Self-Screening Prior to Entry
Beginning Monday, June 21, everyone entering any Hospital building or clinic
is required to self-screen for symptoms prior to entering. This means
that every patient, visitor, employee, physician and volunteer must pass
the self-screening process prior to entry.
Additionally, we still require that you sanitize your hands before you
enter. Hand sanitizer is conveniently available at all entrances and throughout
our buildings and clinics.
Masks are still required in health care settings
For your safety and that of all patients and their loved ones – as
well as our employees, physicians and volunteers – we remind you
that face coverings continue to be required in health care settings. This
includes all Washington Hospital Healthcare System buildings and clinics.
And wearing a mask applies to everyone, including those who are fully
vaccinated. The CDC, the State Health Department, and our infectious disease
experts agree that masking in the health care setting is a best practice.
Please wear the hospital-issued mask that is available at our building
and clinic entrances.
Other important information
- The entire Washington Hospital campus (including parking lots and all related
health care entities) are tobacco- and smoke/vape–free zones. The
use of any tobacco products -- smoking, vaping or chewing of tobacco,
or any other substance such as marijuana cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes,
and cigars -- is strictly prohibited.
For everyone's safety, we have implemented security measures that include:
- All personal items, such as backpacks, purses and totes, are subject to
search; we appreciate your cooperation with the security person outside
the Main Hospital lobby
- Everyone must check in at the front desk
- Valid ID must be presented by each person and a visitor badge with their
name and photo will be issued before leaving the Hospital main lobby;
visible visitor badges must be worn at all times while in the Hospital
- An ID must be shown every day to receive a visitor’s badge
Consideration for the comfort and safety of our patients is our first priority.
Nursing staff, in collaboration with the patient, may alter visiting hours
and regulations at their discretion, as warranted by the patient’s
condition, family circumstances and environment. It is understood that
visitors may be asked to leave if their presence is stressful to the patient
or in conflict with the treatment plan.