Visiting Guidelines & Hours
Temporary Restrictions for Your Safety
All visitors must check-in and be screened upon entry to the facility.
Approved visitors shall wear a VHC issued mask at all times and follow proper infection prevention practices throughout the duration of their visit.
Patients are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, particularly during visitation, if it can be tolerated.
No visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted.
Visitation hours are from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm daily:
- From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, patients in inpatient areas are allowed 1 designated support person, and must have visitation approval.
- From 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, patients in inpatient areas are allowed 2 visitors.
No visitors will be allowed for COVID-19 patients, except in special circumstances.
While it is always recommended that you speak to the patient and/or the family to determine when visits would be welcome, below are the official guidelines of the Hospital.
- Obstetric patients may have 1 partner/support person during their admission and may also have 1 midwife/doula support person for the duration of labor and delivery.
- Antepartum and postpartum patients may have siblings of baby visit from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
- Pediatric patients may have up to 2 parents/legal guardians accompany them during their visit or admission.
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have 2 parents/legal guardians or caregivers during their admission.
- Patients with disabilities who require assistance may identify up to two designated support persons/legal guardians. Only one designated support person/legal guardian may accompany the patient at any time during their admission or visit. The designated support person/legal guardian must comply with the Hospital’s health and safety precautions, including infection prevention policies.
- A designated support person is an individual who is eighteen years of age or older, knowledgeable about the needs of the patient and who is designated to provide necessary support and assistance, including physical assistance, emotional support, and assistance with communication or decision-making.
- Visitors will be required to remain in the patient room during the visit, and will not be permitted to congregate in the hallways, hang out at the nurse station or the elevator areas.
- Patients having outpatient procedures (e.g., surgery, invasive testing, cardiac cath, radiology, etc.) will be allowed 1 visitor during their visit who must remain with the patient or in the designated waiting areas.
- Patients in the Emergency Department (ED) may have 1 visitor during their visit who must remain with the patient or in the designated waiting area.
- End-of-life situations (to be determined on a case-by-case basis).
- Patients may receive religious services from the religious leaders of their choice at any reasonable time if it can be provided without disruption to care. (Religious leader will not count as the patient's visitor.)
Infant Security / Visitation Policy
Infant security is our top priority at Virginia Hospital Center. Please read the following visitation and security procedures that are in place to protect your newborn’s safety:
- Visitors must provide the name of the person they are visiting before they can enter the Mother/Baby Unit. If visitors are unable to provide this information, they will not be allowed to enter the unit.
- All visitors must sign in and provide a government-issued photo ID (e.g., State-issued ID, driver’s license, Military ID, Passport or Green Card). The visitor will be issued a badge, which will expire at the end of the day.
- Deliveries (food, flowers, etc.) from outside of the facility must be picked up in Lobby C in the Women & Infant building. Outside vendors are not permitted to enter the Mother/Baby Unit, NICU or Labor & Delivery Unit.
- Unrestricted for parents.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) / Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)
- Immediate family members or support persons must contact the patient’s nurse for visiting guidelines.