Quote from No Stars In My Eyes
The hospital here has security; you have to talk with a guard at the desk by the doors to the ER proper, have your ID photo taken at that desk saying who you are and who you are visiting and it is affixed to a pass which you hang around your neck. The security desk informs the staffer assigned the person you are wanting to see or be with. Then you sit in the waiting room. You have to be called by name, then checked and buzzed through. There are two people working the security desk...one behind the desk and one by the door.
If you know the hospital layout you could probably slip through a door that leads to the inner hospital corridors and from there access the patient areas. But if you aren't wearing an ID badge or look like you are not sure of where you are going, somebody's gonna say "Can I help you?"
This is great, thanks! I had no idea you needed ID badges. Does every visitor require a badge now? Even people visiting relatives that already have rooms/beds? I went to visit my grandmother a couple years ago and we just walked straight from the front door to her room, but that was in a small town.
Does the staffer tell the patient that so and so is there to see them and get permission for the visitor to come in or do they just make sure the patient is in a condition to have a visitor? Would they let anyone visit an unconscious patient? The character trying to get into the ER is just trying to get a look at the patient's condition, not talk to them. They will resort to lies and distractions to do so.
Are the guards armed? Do they hold people in a room until police arrive if someone's causing a problem? Like what if someone is drunk and belligerant? What if someone somehow got into the ER without permission (like through another corridor)? Would they just throw them out?
The doors are locked and have to be buzzed open, so do nurses have to be buzzed through or do they have some way to open the doors themselves? (I must sound like such an idiot. I'm really sorry!)
Thanks again for any help. I really appreciate it!