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We welcome the comforting presence or parents/legal guardians/grandparents during a child’s hospitalization. We know that families will partner with us to maintain a quiet, healthy, safe, and healing atmosphere to support our patients in our facilities. Parents, guardians, and grandparents are considered a part of the healthcare team and are always welcome.

General visiting information

  • General visiting hours are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Parent/legal guardian identification: Upon authorization, wristbands will be issued by the Driscoll Children’s Hospital Welcome Center(s), Admitting, Day Surgery, or ED (or use of Kiosk as available).
  • Parents/legal guardians must wear appropriate wristbands at all times while at Driscoll.
  • All visitors (a visitor is an individual that is not the parent or legal guardian) will complete a health screening prior to visiting an inpatient. If a visitor is ill, visitation may be restricted for the safety of our patients, families, and staff. Visitors who are not authorized to visit due to recent illness will be asked to wait at least seventy-two (72) hours before they attempt to visit again.
  • Upon visiting, visitor sticker passes will be issued by Welcome Center(s), Admitting, Day Surgery, or ED. Visitors must always wear appropriate pass.
  • Visitors must receive a sticker pass daily.
  • Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
  • Patients may be on special diets and we ask that you help these patients manage by being considerate of any diet restrictions they may be on.
  • Hand Hygiene – We ask that you help us make sure that all guests wash their hands before and after the visit with your child.
  • If a child is in isolation, visitation will be restricted for the safety of the patient and visitor. No visitors under the age of 12 y.
  • If a child is on isolation, visitation may be restricted for the safety of the patient and visitor.
  • Visitation may be restricted during flu season or times of outbreaks, pandemics, or high community transmission of disease.
  • Exceptions/accommodations may be made as needed for visitation to any unit. Please work with the director of the unit, house supervisor and/or patient relations.
  • Sleeping arrangements may vary by unit.
  • Inappropriate behavior may result in the loss of visitation privileges.

Inpatient floors (medical/surgical acute units):

  • Parents/legal guardians, and grandparents will have access to their child twenty-four (24) hours a day.
  • For all other visitors, general visiting hours will be from 8:00 am through 8:00 pm.
  • There will be no more than four (4) people (adult and children) at the patient’s bedside at any given time. Exceptions will need to be approved by bedside nurse and unit director.

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (CICU/PICU):

  • CICU/PICU will allow up to two (2) visitors at the bedside at any given time.
  • Nursing in collaboration with the healthcare team and unit leadership will coordinate siblings and young visitor’s bedside visits as appropriate.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit(s)/Neonatal Care Center (NCC):

  • Parents/legal guardians, and grandparents will have access to their child twenty-four (24) hours a day.
  • Two (2) visitors are allowed to the bedside at one (1) time.
  • Friends and relatives twelve (12) years and older may visit the unit when accompanied by the patient’s parent/legal guardian.
  • Siblings under the age of twelve (12) may visit on Sundays when accompanied by the parent/legal guardian and another adult visitor to supervise siblings.

If you have any questions, please work directly with the welcome center, house supervisor, nurse for your child or unit leadership for the unit the patient is on.

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