You'll need to ask for an exception from the unit manager or the patient's care team. They will review your request. They can only make exceptions for the following situations.
End of Life
If facing death, we can allow 2 visitors, 24/7.
Having a Baby
If you’re having a baby, you can designate 2 people to visit, but only 1 can visit at a time. They can switch out once a day.
During active labor, you can have 2 people with you. You can have a doula or birth support professional as one of these. Both can stay at your bedside for the duration of labor and the immediate period after birth (approximately 2 hours). After delivery, only 1 person can stay with you at a time.
Adults with Cognitive, Behavioral, or Special Needs
Some adult patients with cognitive, behavioral, or special needs require family help. They can have 1 visitor, 24/7.
Discharge & Critical Care Planning
- Discharge education may be completed with 2 visitors on the unit if this can't be done by phone or video.
- Critical diagnosis or care planning. For example, 1 visitor can attend discussions involving transplant evaluation or cancer treatment planning.
Children can have 1 adult go with them to their clinic appointments.
At the hospital, a child can have 2 people designated as visitors. They must visit one at a time, with the exception of one 4-hour block a day, when both visitors can be with the child. This policy applies to the:
- Child's hospital room
- Children’s emergency room
- Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
- Pediatric acute care
- Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
Visiting Adult Patients With Confirmed or Possible COVID-19
Visitors aren't allowed. We can make exceptions for patients at the end of life, or if necessary for the safety and well-being of a patient with cognitive, behavioral, or other special needs.
Transitional Care Hospital
Patients can designate 2 visitors. Only 1 of these visitors can visit at a time, once a day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors must make an appointment to visit. Call 434.531.9178.
A clergy person visiting the hospital counts as 1 of your designated visitors. However, some exceptions exist for end-of-life rituals and related traditions. Talk to the care team to find out what’s possible for your individual case.