Visiting Hours and Guidelines

Visitation Restricted at Lifespan Hospitals

In light of local cases of COVID-19 and national and international instances of exponential spread of the disease, Lifespan hospitals have temporary measures in place to minimize traffic and potential exposure in our hospitals, protecting patients and staff. 

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We understand that visitors are important to patients and their recovery. In light of local cases of COVID-19, The Miriam Hospital has temporary measures in place to minimize traffic and potential exposure in our hospitals, protecting patients and staff.

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Guidelines for Visitors

The guidelines listed below were developed with the care, safety and comfort of patients in mind:

  • To foster a restful environment for all our patients, we ask that you limit the number of visitors to no more than three per patient at one time.
  • Be considerate of other patients by keeping noise to a minimum, both in the room and in waiting areas.
  • When the patient’s door is closed, the curtain is drawn or a sign is present, visitors should check with a nurse at the nurses' station before entering the room.
  • Visitors may be asked to leave the patient’s room during health care assessments, tests and treatments, or so the patient may rest.
  • Children visiting the hospital must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.
  • Visitors who have colds, sore throats or contagious diseases are discouraged from visiting patients.
  • Visitors are not allowed to use patients’ bathrooms.
  • A patient’s diet may be restricted for tests, procedures or because of a medical condition, so visitors should check with the nursing staff before bringing food or beverages to the patient.
  • Latex balloons are not allowed in the hospital.
  • Flower deliveries may be restricted; visitors should check with the nursing staff.
  • Visiting hours and guidelines may differ slightly in critical care units: ICU, CCU and SCU. Visitors should check with nursing staff for the guidelines for that unit.
  • We request that all visitors please wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before entering and upon leaving patients’ rooms.

Late Evening/Early Morning Visits

Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., visitors must use the hospital’s emergency department entrance, located on Fifth Street,
and check in with security for an identification badge. The main entrance and all other entrances are closed for security purposes. Once you arrive at the unit, please stop at the nurses station to see if the patient is able to have a visitor.

Quiet Hours

As rest is an important part of recovery, the hospital observes “quiet hours” from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. If you are visiting during these hours, we ask that you pay special attention to your noise level and the length of your visit.