WVU Medicine Children’s understands that family and friends provide crucial support and comfort to patients. We welcome visitors to our hospital. For the comfort and wellbeing of all our patients, we ask that you observe the guidelines in this section.
- General visiting hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.
- Limit visitors to two per patient at any one time.
- Please be mindful of your child’s need to rest.
- Please observe the hospital’s smoke-free policy.
- Brothers, sisters and children of all ages may visit as long as they do not have any contagious disease and have not been exposed to any communicable disease such as chicken pox or measles.
- Visiting children must be supervised at all times.
- Visiting children may only play in the playroom if accompanied by the patient.
Some units within WVU Medicine Children’s have other visiting guidelines. Check with the nursing staff if you have questions or would like to make special arrangements.
WVU Hospitals General Visitation Guidelines
Patients have the right to choose who may visit them during a hospital stay—whether the visitor is a family member, a spouse, a domestic partner, or other type of visitor. Patients also have the right to refuse consent for visits at any time.
All visitors approved by the patient will have equal visiting privileges.
A maximum of two visitors per patient at a time is recommended. Exceptions can be made, as long as patient care is not interrupted and the noise from visitors is minimal.
One visitor may stay overnight. For patients of WVU Medicine Children’s, two visitors may stay overnight.
Overnight visitors must have special identification, which they can get in the hospital’s east main lobby. All visitors in the hospital between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. must wear an identification badge. Visiting children under age 14 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Patient visits may be restricted for various reasons, which may include:
- patient choice
- during times when procedures or assessments are being done
- during private talks between healthcare providers and the patient, if the patient does not want visitors to be present
- when emergency procedures are being done on the patient or a nearby patient
- where there is an infection control issue
- when a visitor’s behavior is disruptive or presents a risk to patients or hospital staff
- when privacy is needed for the other patient in a shared room
- when there is a court order limiting contact with the patient
- during substance abuse treatment, if required
Other reasons for restricting visitation may be directed by the patient, the patient’s representative, or the hospital.