Visiting a Patient
Visiting a Patient: Getting Involved
Do you have a friend or family member in the hospital? See details about visitor passes, visiting hours, available services, hospital rules, more in our(PDF) .
Want to give more support? Patients can designate people to be care partners, active members of their healthcare team. As a care partner, you get a special security code, to help keep others informed about the patient's condition and more.
Find out if you would like to be a care partner (PDF).
Please follow these guidelines when visiting a patient at UVA Medical Center.
At the Bedside
Allow the healthcare team to be able to access all sides of the bed at any time.
Food & Drink
Do not feed the patient unless you have checked with staff first.
Use the restrooms in the main hallways, not in the patient's room.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Please do not come to the hospital unless you are feeling well. Wash your hands before and after visiting a patient. Read and follow any signs posted outside the patient room.
Visitors who go above the first floor of the hospital must wear a pass, available from the Hospital Information Desk. After 9 p.m., visitors should acquire a pass and information about visiting at night from the the security desk in the Emergency Department. This helps us know who is in the hospital after hours.
No smoking is allowed. alternatives and stop-smoking resources.
Please respect the privacy and comfort of our patients. Keep your voice and TV volumes low to allow for patient rest. We observe a quiet time daily from 2 - 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. - 5 a.m.
Cell phones can only be used near the main elevators and in the public areas on the first floor of the hospital.
Family visitor lounges are available near our patient units for your comfort. A telephone and computer is available in each lounge.
One person may stay at the bedside overnight. We offer earplugs and other ways to promote sleep.
Learn more about internet access and other hospital amenities.