Visiting Hours

It is of policy at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to promote a patient and family centered approach to care by encouraging family support and visitation in an environment which fosters patient comfort, rest, recovery, and safety. Families are defined as, any person(s) defined by the patient as playing a significant role in an individual’s life. This may include a person(s) not legally related to the individual. Family members may include spouses, domestic partners and both different-sex and same-sex significant others. Family includes a minor patient’s parents, regardless of the gender of either parent. The concept of parenthood is to be liberally constructed without limitation as encompassing legal parents, foster parents, same sex parent, step parent, those serving in loco parentis, and other persons operating in caretaker roles.

Medical Surgical Units

Visitors are welcome from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on most general medical or surgical units. However, hours vary based on the level of care, the type of unit and physician's instructions. Ask your nurse for information about your unit. Due to the limited amount of space in the patient rooms and waiting areas, we ask that you limit your visitors to two people at a time. Please be courteous and considerate of other patients.

Intensive Care Units

Other than during situations involving patient emergencies, visiting hours for the intensive care units are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (The exception is between 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. when nurses change shift and make rounds on each patient). Visitors are generally limited to members of the immediate family and are allowed at the discretion of the nursing staff. Flowers and plants are not permitted in intensive care units. Policy prohibits visitation overnight in patient rooms.

Children age 17 and younger are not permitted in adult patient care areas, unless the under-age person is the parent of a patient.

Pediatrics

In NICU, PICU, and Pediatrics, parents can visit at any time. 

Psychiatry (5W)

Psychiatry visiting hours are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: Noon to 2 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Holidays: Noon to 9 p.m.

Maternity/Perinatal

Visitors are limited to 2, in addition to the primary support person (husband/partner). 

Visiting hours for Labor and Delivery are not restricted. For Maternity, visiting hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

During Surgery

Family members and visitors may wait in the Surgical Waiting Room on 2nd floor, Concentrated Care Center (CCC) if you are going to be admitted to the hospital following surgery. If you are going home after your surgical procedure, family members may wait in the Pediatric Surgery Center waiting room on ground floor, Concentrated Care Center (CCC). Visitors are not permitted in the operating rooms at any time. In some circumstances, family members may visit patients in the PACU following surgery for brief periods.

The Surgical Liaison will be in the 2nd floor waiting room between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The liaison is there to answer your family's questions and provide information as it becomes available. During the hours when she is not there, your family may receive information from the Operating Rooms via the waiting room telephone and the perioperative nurses.