Visitor Guidelines

Visiting Hours

You can visit a patient in the hospital:

  • 24/7 at Charlottesville
  • 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. at Culpeper, Prince William, and Haymarket

Designated Support Persons for People With Disabilities

If you're a patient with disabilities who requires a designated support person, they are allowed to accompany you during your admission for healthcare. For more information, see the rules for designated support persons.

Bringing Your Child as a Visitor

In most cases, children can visit someone in the hospital. However, some areas, such as the behavioral health areas, have more restrictions. Call the hospital before you go to confirm.

  • An adult must be with anyone under 18 at all times.
  • Only people over 18 can stay with a patient overnight.
  • Don't let children play on the floor.

Safety Guidelines

When visiting a patient:

  • Wash your hands 
  • Don't visit if you're sick 
  • Wear a pass at all times, available at the information or security desk

Do You Need a Mask?

It depends on the location and situation. If you're unsure whether you'll need a mask, call ahead to ask.

Places That Are Mask-Optional

You don't need a mask at:

  • Most clinics
  • In most public spaces at our hospitals
  • Emergency rooms

Masks Required

You still need to wear a mask at:

  • All cancer, transplant, infusion, and dialysis clinics
  • Prince William Medical Center NICU

You also need to wear a mask at any location if you have symptoms of COVID or other respiratory sickness.

Visiting a patient at University Hospital

Become a Care Partner

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.

Learn How

Visiting a COVID Patient

If you're visiting a patient with COVID or who is possibly positive for COVID, you must use:

  • A 3-ply surgical mask that fits well
  • Eye protection
  • Gown
  • Gloves

If you've tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days or currently have symptoms of COVID-19 and don't have test results, you can't visit a hospital patient, unless you're:

  • The guardian for a minor or for an adult 
  • The support person for mother in labor
  • The designated support person in accordance with HB2162 legislation, to accompany the patient during an admission

Nursing supervisors may grant visitation for end-of-life or other special circumstances. 

Anti-Discrimination Policy

We don't restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.