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Visitation Guidelines by Department

Visitation Guidelines by Department

Certain departments have guidelines beyond the general guidelines that apply to all areas of the hospital.

Emergency Departments

  • Up to two visitors may accompany the patient in the Emergency Department waiting area and when the patient has been assigned a private room.
  • If the patient must be temporarily located in a hall bed only one visitor may accompany the patient until the patient is assigned a private room.
  • Each visitor must remain in the patient’s room.

North Harbor

Up to two support people per patient, per day during designated visitation hours.

  • Geriatric Unit Visitation Days and Times
  • Wednesday and Friday, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Adult Unit Visitation Days and Times
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 3p.m. - 5 p.m.


  • Inpatient visitation hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.
  • Max of 4 people at any one-time (includes parents, siblings, extended family and others).
  • After 9:00 pm: only 2 parents OR caregivers permitted. All others must leave the hospital
  • Parent/caregiver should be present in patient’s room to receive other visitors.
  • Masks may be required in some patient care areas.
  • Parents, family and visitors who have fever, cough or other flu/infectious symptoms are not allowed to visit.

Visitation restrictions may apply when:

  • Clinically necessary.
  • Patient is on isolation.
  • Infection prevention practices dictate, including:

NICU and Women Services

  • NICU – Up to two visitors at a time per NICU patient. A maximum of two visitors may visit per day.
    • Each visitor must have a patient identification band.
      • Support people for NICU patients are exempt from the general visitation hours.
      • To avoid overcrowding, NICU staff may need to limit the total number of people in the unit at any given time. Visitors must comply with these restrictions if implemented.
      • Visitors in Triage – The RN may ask to interview and assess the patient in triage. If the separation is an unpleasant issue for the patient and/or support person(s), then one visitor may be allowed.
      • Labor and Delivery – Each patient may have up to two visitors in the LDRP room. Visitors should check in at the nurse’s station.
      • Antepartum and Postpartum – After the patient’s recovery period is over, each patient may have up to three visitors at any one time.
      • C-Section – Patients may have up to two visitors in the OR if patient is not under general anesthesia.
        • Participants may leave the OR suite when the baby is taken to the Nursery and may return to the OR suite if desired.
        • The patient’s privacy will be maximized by keeping the doors closed.
      • Sibling Visitation – Siblings 12 years or older may visit between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Siblings under the age of 12 may visit during the postpartum/antepartum stay between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. They must be accompanied by an adult. Siblings should be free of infection and have a report of no known communicable disease contact within the last three weeks.
  • The visitation may be discontinued at the discretion of the RN / Physician or if the condition of the mother and baby warrants it.
  • Visitors are not to remain in the waiting area after the designated visiting hours are over.

DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion


Manderson Cancer Center

  • Patients in the Manderson Cancer Center should have their visitors wait in any designated waiting area or accompany them to the exam room.
  • Only one designated support person will be allowed to accompany patients to the chemotherapy infusion suite.
  • No children under the age of 14 will be allowed in the chemotherapy infusion suite.