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Visitor Hours



To protect our patients and staff, some in-person visitation has been suspended with limited exemptions. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we provide a safe environment for the community.


Visitors must remain with the patient through the duration of the visit.

  • Masks are required for all visitors at all times.
  • Patients are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, particularly during visitation, if it can be tolerated.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 years old will be permitted.

Visiting hours in some inpatient areas are now available from 4:00 to 8:00 pm daily, with up to two visitors per inpatient. Please contact the nursing unit to confirm visitation.

  • Obstetric patients may have one partner and one certified midwife or doula.
  • Pediatric patients may have two parents/guardians.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have two parents/guardians.
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays, where a caregiver provides safety, may have one support person.
  • Patients visiting the Emergency Department (ED) may have one support person.
  • Outpatients will be allowed one visitor.
  • Visitors will be allowed on a case-by-case basis during end-of-life situations.


  • No visitors are allowed for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 except in end-of-life situations.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The health and safety of our patients, team and the community are our top priority.

Gift Shops

  • To brighten a patient’s day with Cards, flowers, gifts, balloons, seasonal decorations and other items, visit our Main Hospital Gift Shop.
  • For gifts for newborn babies and their parents, visit our Women & Infant Health Gift Shop.
  • Hours of Operation

Upon entry to the Hospital, all visitors will be required to wear a Hospital-provided surgical mask for the duration of their visit.
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.

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